With the 2015/16 season heading for an explosive finish, Rugby stars are the talk of the nation, including Hampshire’s very own Mike Brown.
The fullback, who scored an important Try in the huge win over Ireland during the Six Nations championship win for England, was born in Southampton and here are five facts you can bring up in conversations with your friends, to help you look like a full blooded Rugby whizz!
- He plays his club Rugby for Harlequins
A bit basic for anyone who knows Rugby, but one you shouldn’t get wrong! Brown has been a part of the Quins squad for the last decade, making his debut against London Irish in a friendly. One year after his debut, he was established as the club’s first choice fullback.
2. He has made over 300 career appearances (just about)
That fact is quite literal, as of 29th February 2016 he has made 301 appearances. This includes 255 appearances for Harlequins and 46 for England. He is actually second in the club’s “Most Appearances” list.
3. He started his rugby journey outside Southampton
Mike Brown was born in Southampton but started his Rugby journey in Salisbury as part of a local under 8’s team. It wasn’t long however before he attracted the attention of some big clubs and moved to Harlequins in 2002.
4. He has scored more than 75 tries
Brown is know for his attacking play, he loves to get forward and is a danger all over the pitch. He has scored nine Tries for England and 79 for Harlequins, with his best scoring season coming in the 2006/07 season, when he cross the try line 13 times!
5. He was banned from the England team!
In 2008 he was caught “misbehaving” while on tour with England and was actually subsequently banned from the national team. But he proved he was just too good to be left out and returned to the squad four years later.