Nathan Brown (rugby league)
31 July 1973 |
Maclean, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||178 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||88 kg (13 st 12 lb)|
|1993–98||St. George Dragons||120||23||0||0||92|
|1999–00||St. George Illawarra||52||9||0||0||36|
|2003–08||St. George Illawarra||142||75||0||67||53|
|Source: NRL Stats, Rugby League Project|
Nathan Brown (born 31 July 1973) is an Australian professional rugby league football coach currently with St Helens of Super League. He coached the club he played at, the St. George Illawarra Dragons of the National Rugby League until he was replaced by Wayne Bennett at the end of the 2008 season. His primary position was hooker.
At the end of his debut season Brown played for the St. George Dragons in the 1993 Winfield Cup Grand Final loss to the Brisbane Broncos. He also played for them in the 1996 ARL season grand final loss to the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles. He played for the newly formed St. George Illawarra Dragons at hooker in their 1999 NRL Grand Final loss to the Melbourne Storm. Brown was forced to retire following a neck injury in a 2001 NRL season trial game.
Brown was appointed coach of the Dragons for the 2003 season, becoming the youngest non-playing coach in years in the NRL at age 29. During his first season, at a match on Sunday, 13 April 2003 against Manly at WIN Stadium, a frustrated Nathan Brown berated skipper Trent Barrett, Brett Firman and Lance Thompson on the sideline in the 53rd minute with the scores locked up at 12-all. Brown slapped Barrett across the cheek and grabbed the jerseys of Barrett and Thompson. The incident was seen by the crowd and other players on the big screen and proved a decisive turning point as Manly ran in five second half tries to win 38-12. After the match, Brown was apologetic to Barrett and was later fined $5,000 by the NRL.
After finishing second in the 2005 competition, Brown's team lost the preliminary final to the eventual premiers, Wests Tigers. Following many injuries and team losses throughout the 2007 season, he was under pressure to keep his job heading into the 2008 season.
On 1 April 2008, it was announced that Brown would not coach the Dragons in the 2009 season, which ended an association with the club that stretches back to the start of the joint venture. He was replaced by Wayne Bennett. on 18 July 2008 it was announced that Brown had signed a 3-year deal with English Super League team, Huddersfield, the same club Tigers superstar Brett Hodgson joined.
In his first season at Huddersfield he took the team to the 2009 Challenge Cup final.
He left Huddesfield at the end of the 2012 season to take control of St Helens. In his first season as coach, Brown guided St Helens to 5th place in Super League. However, they were defeated 11-10 by Leeds Rhinos in the play-offs stage of the competition. 
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- "Bennett to coach Dragons from 2009"
- "St Helens appoint Nathan Brown as new head coach". BBC Sport. BBC. 3 April 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012..
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