Tony Brown (rugby union)

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Tony Brown
Full name Tony Eion Brown
Date of birth (1975-01-17) 17 January 1975 (age 39)
Place of birth Balclutha, New Zealand
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 86 kg (13 st 8 lb)
School King's High School, Dunedin
University University of Otago
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Fly-half (First five-eighth)
New Zealand No. 980
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2005–2011 Sanyo Wild Knights 30 (380)
correct as of 8 July 2014.
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1995–2004,2011 Otago 71 (847)
correct as of 8 July 2014.
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1996–2004
2006
2008
2011
Highlanders
Sharks
Stormers
Highlanders
83
8
8
8
(817)
(73)
(6)
(40)
Current local club retired
correct as of 8 July 2014.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1999–2001 New Zealand New Zealand 18 (171)
correct as of 8 July 2014.
Coaching career
Years Club / team
2013- Highlanders (assistant coach)
correct as of 8 July 2014.
Rugby union career

Tony Eion Brown (born 17 January 1975 in Balclutha, New Zealand) is a former New Zealand rugby union footballer, who played mainly at first five-eighth (fly half). He is currently the head coach of Otago.

Early life[edit]

Brown's early life was spent in the South Otago towns of Balclutha and Kaitangata, New Zealand, but he moved to Dunedin during his high school years, attending King's High School and playing for Harbour Rugby Club.

Club career[edit]

Brown made his debut for Otago in the 1995 NPC, initially as a reserve with All Black-Manu Samoa international Stephen Bachop the first choice first five-eighth. Brown had a quick progression to first choice first five-eighth, starting ahead of Bachop in 1995 NPC final.

With the launch of the Super 12 in 1996, Brown was rewarded with a place in the first ever Highlanders squad. With Bachop also selected in the Highlanders for 1996 it meant more time on the reserves for Brown. He made his debut in round two against Transvaal, starting at second five-eighth and scoring a try and two conversions. Brown went on to play four more matches in his debut Super 12 playing mainly at second five-eighth. Brown went on to play 71 matches for Otago and 83 for the Highlanders before taking up a contract to play for the Sanyo Wild Knights in the Japanese Top League in 2005.

All Black[edit]

Brown was first picked for the All Blacks in 1999, making his debut in a match against New Zealand A on 11 June, before making his international debut against Samoa at Albany Stadium exactly a week later. Brown played a total of 18 test matches, scoring 171 test points (mostly with the boot, although he did score five tries) between then and his final test against Australia in August 2001. His international career included matches for New Zealand at the 1999 Rugby World Cup.

Brown's goal-kicking feats enabled him to score over 30 points in three separate internationals (against Italy in 1999, Samoa in 2000, and Tonga in 2001) – the only player to have achieved this. Despite this he was never a member of the regular starting line-up, the fly-half position being held by Andrew Mehrtens during that period.

Subsequent Playing career[edit]

Japan[edit]

He went on to play three seasons (2005–06, 2006–07 and 2007–08) for the Sanyo Wild Knights in the Top League in Japan. In the 2005–07 season he played in eight games and scored 98 points.

In the 2006–07 season he played in ten games and scored 145 points. In the 2007–08 Top League (fifth season) he played 12 times and helped Sanyo to an unbeaten run of 13 wins in the season (the first time this had been achieved), to runner-up in the Microsoft Cup and All-Japan champion. He was the third highest points scorer with 137, and voted unanimously to the stand off slot in the Best Fifteen of the league. He was voted MVP by the fans in a J Sports poll.

He also played in friendlies for the Classic All Blacks against Japan XVs on 9 and 12 May 2007 and intends to return to Sanyo for the 2008–09 season.

South Africa[edit]

In 2006 Brown also played Super 14 in South Africa with the Sharks. He will return to South Africa for the 2008 Super 14 season, having signed with the Stormers.

2008 injury[edit]

In October 2008, Brown suffered a freak injury while playing in Japan, which left him with a ruptured pancreas. He underwent successful life-saving surgery, which left his future rugby playing career in doubt.[1] However, he recovered and returned to playing for Sanyo.

2011 Return to the Highlanders[edit]

Brown was drafted into the squad as a reserve from the wider training squad for the match against the defending champions the Bulls. Coming on in the second half, he made a stellar contribution, converting 3 tries and kicking a crucial penalty. Brown was a key player in the Highlanders 26 18 upset win over the then 6 game undefeated Crusaders. Being on the eve of the 2011 Rugby World Cup the All Blacks were on look out for a back up first five to Daniel Carter, and with Browns recent form he had become a potential candidate for that position. If that were to ring true it would be more than ten years since Brown last played for the All Blacks. However the call up never came and Brown was later named as captain of Otago for the 2011 ITM Cup season

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rugby: Former All Black suffers freak injury in Japan". The New Zealand Herald. 8 December 2008. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 

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