Fa'amanu Brown

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Fa'amanu Brown
Nu Brown.jpg
Brown playing for Newtown Jets in 2016.
Personal information
Nickname Nu[1]
Born (1994-12-24) 24 December 1994 (age 22)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 95 kg (14 st 13 lb)
Playing information
Position Five-eighth, Halfback, Hooker
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2014–17 Cronulla Sharks 21 2 0 0 8
2018– Canterbury Bulldogs 0 0 0 0 0
Total 21 2 0 0 8
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2016 Samoa 1 0 3 0 6
As of 18 July 2016
Source: [2]

Fa'amanu "Nu" Brown (born 24 December 1994) is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in the National Rugby League. A Samoan international representative, he plays at five-eighth, halfback and hooker.


Of Samoan descent, Brown was born in Christchurch, New Zealand and played his junior football for the Hornby Panthers before moving to Australia and playing for De La Salle Caringbah. In 2012, Brown was signed by the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and started out in their S. G. Ball Cup team. Brown then played for the Sharks' NYC team from 2012 to 2014.[3] Brown has captained the Sharks' NYC team.[4]

Playing career[edit]


On 14 February 2014, Brown was selected in the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks inaugural 2014 NRL Auckland Nines squad.[5] Brown was selected to play for Samoa against Fiji in the 2014 Pacific Rugby League International test, but withdrew due to injury.[6] On 5 June 2014, Brown re-signed with the Sharks on a 3-year contract, two days before his NRL debut.[7] In Round 13 of the 2014 NRL season, Brown made his debut for the Sharks against the St. George Illawarra Dragons playing at five-eighth in the Sharks 30-0 loss at WIN Stadium.[8] In Round 21 against the Parramatta Eels at Remondis Stadium, Brown scored his first NRL career try in the Sharks 32-12 loss.[9] Brown finished his debut year in the NRL with him playing in 11 matches and scoring a try for the Sharks in the 2014 NRL season. On 9 September 2014, Brown was selected for the New Zealand and Samoa 2014 Four Nations train-on squads,[10][11] but didn't make the final 24 man squads for both teams.


On 31 January and 1 February, Brown played for the Sharks in the 2015 NRL Auckland Nines.[12] In their Auckland Nines Semi-Final match against the Sydney Roosters, Brown suffered a season ending Anterior cruciate ligament injury, resulting in him not playing in any matches for the Sharks in the 2015 NRL season.[13][14]


On 7 May, Brown made his international debut for Samoa against Tonga in the 2016 Polynesian Cup, where he played at five-eighth and kicked 3 goals in a man-of-the-match performance.[15]


On 17 May 2017, Fa'amanu Brown signed a two year deal with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. After waiting almost a year for a chance to be recalled to the side, Brown finally made his NRL return in Cronulla Sharks clash with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in Round 12, with half James Maloney out with h origin duties. Brown lead the Cronulla Sharks to an emphatic 9-8 win over his future club.


  1. ^ "Kiwi-raised Nu Brown to play for Samoans - Canterbury Rugby League - FOX SPORTS PULSE". foxsportspulse.com. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  2. ^ "Fa'amanu Brown - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  3. ^ "Fa'amanu Brown player results, scores, news and statistics". rleague.com. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  4. ^ "NRL. Sharks | Monstasport.com". monstasport.com. Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  5. ^ "Squads For Auckland Nines". Rugby League Week. 2014-02-14. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  6. ^ "Toa Samoa Team Announced". Rugby League Week. 2014-04-27. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  7. ^ "Brown signs on through 2017 - Sharks". sharks.com.au. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  8. ^ "Late Mail - Sharks v Dragons - Sharks". sharks.com.au. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  9. ^ "Jarryd Hayne Stars Again as Parramatta Eels Roll Cronulla Sharks 32-12 to Claim a Place in the Eight". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  10. ^ "Six players added to Kiwis squad | Radio New Zealand News". Radionz.co.nz. 2014-09-19. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  11. ^ "Samoa train on squad announced | NRL". Zero Tackle. 2014-09-08. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  12. ^ "Sharks Name 2015 Nines Squad". Rugby League Week. 2015-01-23. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  13. ^ "Auckland Nines 2015 : Highs Lows and Big Blows; Freaks Beasts Treats and Misery". Foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  14. ^ Haigh, Paul (2015-02-03). "Fa'amanu Brown injures knee in Auckland Nines finals | St George & Sutherland Shire Leader". Theleader.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  15. ^ "Samoa too good for Tonga in fiery Pacific Test clash at Pirtek Stadium". Dailytelegraph.com.au. 2016-05-07. Retrieved 2016-05-08. 

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