With the QBE Internationals reaching a climax on Saturday with the All Black’s condemning England to their first defeat of the series, talk has now turned to which player should be the official QBE Man of the Series.
In 2012, Joe Launchbury, following his Test debut against Fiji and consistent performances against Australia, South Africa and Argentina, was crowned the QBE Man of the Series. Now, Mike Brown, Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes and Tom Wood are in the running to take his title.
Despite solid, yet underwhelming team performances from Stuart Lancaster’s side against Australia and Argentina, fullback Mike Brown and hooker Dylan Hartley, made impressive contributions to England’s victories and were named Man of the Match, respectively. In a vastly improved game against New Zealand, All Black’s legend Zinzan Brooke identified Courtney Lawes as the stand-out man for England, and the Northampton Saints lock joined Brown and Hartley in the 2013 QBE Man of the Series shortlist.
With a final place still left to be filled before the serious voting could begin, rugby fans used the power of Twitter to vote for Tom Wood to join his teammates as the fourth player to battle it out to become QBE Man of the Series.
Launching on QBErugby.com yesterday, a poll to decide whether Brown, Hartley, Lawes or Wood will be the 2013 QBE Man of the Series has generated thousands of votes with the verdict set to go down to the final day.
Voting ends on Thursday 21st November at 9pm with the QBE Man of the Series being announced on the Friday 22nd November at 9am. The winner will receive a £1,000 cheque from QBE to be donated towards a charity of their choice.