Mike Brewer (rugby union)
|Birth name||Michael Robert Brewer|
|Date of birth||6 November 1964|
|Place of birth||Pukekohe, New Zealand|
|Height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight||16 st 3 lb (103 kg)|
|Rugby union career|
Michael Robert Brewer (born 6 November 1964 in Pukekohe) is a former New Zealand rugby union footballer. He played rugby union as flanker or number eight and represented the All Blacks on 32 occasions scoring 1 try and winning 22 and drawing 1 of those games. He played provincial rugby for Otago and Canterbury in New Zealand's south Island.
Since his retirement from playing Brewer has become a coach and has coached in Italy and then in Ireland. In August 2008 he signed a contract with the Scottish National Rugby Union team as their forwards coach working, alongside Frank Hadden the head coach. He quit in May 2009, after missing out on the head coach position when Hadden was dropped. Brewer was technical director for the Flying Fijians National Team ahead of their 2009 European Tour. He became head coach of Guinness Premiership side Sale Sharks in April 2010, taking over from Jason Robinson. Brewer instigated a number of changes including signing more than ten new players and releasing a similar number. In December, he was sacked as Sale had won just three of their first nine matches of the 2010/11 season. However, he had originally agreed a 3-year club plan which was still in its infancy.
- "Rugby: Brewer named Scotland forwards coach". Otago Daily Times. 19 August 2008. Retrieved 27 January 2010.
- "Rugby: Brewer quits after missing out on top job in Scotland". Otago Daily Times. 15 May 2009. Archived from the original on 8 June 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2010.
- "Rugby: Brewer quits Scottish post". The New Zealand Herald. 16 May 2009. Retrieved 27 January 2010.
- "Brewer defends Flying Fijians selection". Fiji Times. 23 October 2009. Retrieved 27 January 2010.
- "Sale Sharks sack head coach Mike Brewer". BBC Sport. 23 December 2010. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
- "Sharks target top-six finish". Scrum.com. 19 August 2010. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
- Sky Sports (14 January 2011). "Backing for Brewer". Retrieved 8 July 2012.