But what makes this one a little special was the fact it was voted for by the fans – 24,000 of them to be exact. Of that 24,000, Brian raked in nearly a third of their votes, only narrowly beating Italy’s Sergio Parisse in the final voting hours.
B O’D seemed pretty chuffed with the accolade, but made sure to dedicate his achievement to both the fans and his teammates:
‘It has been such an immense week already and to be named the RBS Player of the Championship is a fantastic end to what has been a phenomenal Championship. This year’s RBS 6 Nations has been a special Tournament for me and the team for lots of reasons – it’s been fantastic for Irish rugby and for the whole country. ‘
‘To be voted RBS Player of the Championship by the fans makes it extra special but I’m really proud of our team effort right the way through the Tournament and I would not be in this position if it was not for my team mates. The support of the fans throughout our campaign has been unwavering and a huge part of the team’s success on the pitch – I’m just glad we could reward them too by bringing home the Grand Slam.’
Good job Brian, good job.