Brown heads Player of the Season shortlist
April 25, 2014
Will MIke Brown cap an impressive season with another piece of silverware? © Getty Images
England fullback Mike Brown leads the six-man shortlist for Aviva Premiership Player of the Season.
Brown, who was named Player of the Six Nations, has shone for club and country this term and is Harlequins' only representative on the shortlist. He is joined by fellow fullback Chris Pennell who has impressed for Worcester, playing virtually every minute of his team's games in the Premiership this term, in what has been a sorry season for the Warriors.
Leicester's Vereniki Goneva makes the list after an impressive campaign which sees him sit at the top of the try-scoring table with 11. Saracens' Jacques Burger also makes the shortlist as do Northampton's Samu Manoa and Sale's Dan Braid. The winner will be announced on May 15.
"There were a number of compelling candidates for this prestigious title and it was very difficult to reduce it to a six-man shortlist," said Phil Winstanley, the rugby director at Premiership Rugby. "I think the panel managed to arrive at a very balanced list, forwards and backs side by side.
"We've had an incredible season so far, and the length of the deliberations for the awards reflects the current standard of Aviva Premiership rugby. The closeness of the matches is reflected in the fact that no one club has more than one player on the shortlist."
The shortlist was compiled by: Stephen Jones (Sunday Times), Chris Hewett (The Independent), Nick Mullins (BT Sport), Ben Coles (Planet Rugby), Mick Cleary (Daily Telegraph), Jill Douglas (ITV Sport), Duncan Bech (Press Association), Alastair Eykyn (BT Sport) and David Rogers (Getty Images).
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