Mike Brown's secure catching and ability to break tackles in confined spaces are seamlessly displayed both domestically and on the grandest stage of all for England.
Born in Southampton and educated at Peter Symonds College in Winchester and Wyvern College, Salisbury, Mike Brown joined the local club’s U8s team, represented Dorset & Wiltshire from U14-U18, the South West U18 and Hampshire U20.
He became a Harlequins Academy member in 2002-03 and later established himself as a regular choice for their A League team.
A try-scorer on his 19-minute senior debut against Doncaster Knights in October 2005, he started his first match against Coventry the following week. That season, he ran in seven tries in 13 National One games. He was the club’s young player of the year in 2005-06 and their player of the year the following season.
Mike was a member of the England U21 squad that achieved a Grand Slam in 2006 and played against South Africa at Bloemfontein and Pretoria in 2007 on his first senior tour and against New Zealand at Auckland the following summer.
He won seven caps on the wing from late November 2012 to March 2013 before reverting to full back on the summer tour of South America. That illustrated not only his versatility but his drive and resourcefulness.
His sharp eye for a gap brought his maiden Test try against France at Stade de France in February 2014 and a second against Scotland in the 20-0 win the following week. He was man of the match in that game at Murrayfield and made 114 metres – more than any other player on either side.
Mike repeated those twin achievements against Ireland at the end of that month and gained 88 metres to help his side to a 13-10 win.
His third man of the match award in the 2014 RBS 6 Nations Championship came when he scored two tries in the 52-11 win over Italy in Rome that March.
A former England Saxons player, Mike celebrated his 40th cap, along with his Rugby World Cup debut, with two tries against Fiji at Twickenham in September 2015 as the centrepiece of an outstanding performance for which he was man of the match.
He made 172 metres and he also topped the defenders beaten (nine) and clean break (four) statistics. It was the second time he had touched down twice for England – the first being against Italy in Rome the previous year.
He was one of England’s three vice-captains for the Scotland match at the start of the 2016 Six Nations Championship, the others being Owen Farrell and Billy Vunipola.
Mike gained his 50th cap against Australia in England’s historic 39-28 win over the Wallabies in Brisbane in 2016. He also started the second Test in Melbourne the following week and the third at Sydney in which he scored his tenth Test try after grabbing Anthony Watson’s kick ahead.
Before missing the Australia match at Twickenham in November 2017 through concussion protocols he had taken his remarkable run of Test appearances to 56 in 59 games.
In May 2011, he became an Amlin Challenge Cup winner when Harlequins beat Stade Français 19-18 in Cardiff and was also voted the club’s players’ player of the season.
Mike had been in prime form in 2011-12, helping Harlequins to win the Premiership title for the first time and scored 12 tries in his first 27 matches that included five in six Heineken Cup games.
Between his Test caps, Mike was ever-present in 2007-08 for Quins in the Premiership, having more game time than any other player in the league. He showed his maturity, appeared in 30 matches that season and missed only two.
55 points – 11T
2007 SA(1,2) 2008 NZ(1) 2012 S(R), W(R), I(R), SA(1), Fj(R), A(R), SA, NZ 2013 S, I, F, It, W, Arg(1,2), A, Arg, NZ 2014 F, S, I, W, It, NZ (1,2,3), NZ, SA, Sam, A 2015 W, It, S, F, F, I World Cup - Fj, W, A, U(R) 2016 S, It, I, W, F, W, A(1,2,3), SA, Arg, A 2017 F, W, It, S, I, Arg (1,2), Arg, Sam 2018 It, W, S, F(R), I(R), SA (1)
Last updated: 11 June 2018