Brown up for England Player of the Year gong
May 14, 2014
Mike Brown has had a fantastic season © Getty Images
All three impressed during the Six Nations with Brown ending up being named Player of the Championship. Launchbury won the award last season and he said it was "awesome" to be nominated once again.
Brown, who is also up for Aviva Premiership Player of the Season, said of the nomination: "It's brilliant to even be nominated for this award. Knowing that it's my fellow England players who have voted for me is a huge honour. We've worked really hard this year as a squad and have made some great progress, winning the first Triple Crown in ten years which has made us even hungrier for success."
Billy Vunipola added: "It feels surreal to be honest, I never thought anyone would vote for me. But of course it's a massive honour but I'm not expecting too much as the two other guys have had amazing years. I still pinch myself every time I pull on the England shirt, so to be nominated for an award like this is very special."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Huw Richards rewinds to 1864 to mark the birth of Welsh rugby's first authentic star - Arthur Gould
Michael Cheika has succeeded in becoming the Wallabies coach under his own terms, writes Greg Growden
In the blink of an eye, a winger can go from a hero to villain. Hugh Godwin talks to Zac Guildford and David Strettle about life on the flank
Munster, No.8s, the imploding Australians, wonderful Glasgow and Lancaster's dilemma - it is Monday Maul time