Nathan Brown (rugby league, born 1993)

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Nathan Brown
Nathan Brown Rabbitohs.jpg
Personal information
Born (1993-03-01) 1 March 1993 (age 26)
Fairfield, New South Wales, Australia
Height185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight104 kg (16 st 5 lb)
Playing information
PositionLock, Second-row, Prop
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2013 Wests Tigers 1 0 0 0 0
2015–16 South Sydney 28 1 0 0 4
2017– Parramatta Eels 53 3 0 0 12
Total 82 4 0 0 16
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2016 NSW City 1 0 0 0 0
2017 Italy 3 0 0 0 0
2019– Prime Minister's XIII 1 0 0 0 0
2019 Australia 9s 2 2 0 0 10
As of 20 October 2019
Source: [1]

Nathan Brown (born 1 March 1993) is an Italy international rugby league footballer who plays as a lock for the Parramatta Eels in the NRL.

He previously played for the Wests Tigers and the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the National Rugby League, and NSW City and the Prime Minister's XIII


Brown was born in Fairfield, New South Wales, Australia. He is of Italian ancestry on his mother's side.

He was a representative junior cricketer. He played his junior football for Five Dock RSL and Dundas Shamrocks, before being signed by the Wests Tigers.

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In 2012 and 2013, Brown played for the Wests Tigers' NYC team.[2][3] On 30 September 2012, he played in the Tigers' 2012 NYC Grand Final win over the Canberra Raiders.[4] On 18 July 2013, he re-signed with the Tigers on a 3-year contract.[5]


In Round 24 of the 2013 NRL season, Brown made his NRL debut for the Wests Tigers against St. George Illawarra.[6] As Wests Tigers had exceeded their second-tier salary cap, the NRL had to grant a special dispensation for Brown to play as neither team could reach the semi-finals. However, Brown was precluded from playing in any further games for the season.[7]

Brown playing for the Tigers


On 2 March, Brown signed a 2-year contract with South Sydney effective immediately, after being released from his Wests contract.[8] He made his South Sydney debut in round 6 of the 2015 NRL season against North Queensland.[9] He finished off the year with seven games for Souths, starting in the second-row on two occasions.[10]


Brown was a regular in first grade in 2016, playing prop or lock. In round 13 he avoided suspension after attempting to kick a player in the groin. The next week, he was described as, "one of rugby league’s dirtiest players, biggest thug and throwback to the old days," after a late shot on Mitchell Moses. Coach Michael Maguire said, "Seriously I think he’s a good kid but he’s playing on the edge when fatigue sets in. He’s got to be more aware of those moments in the game."[11] In September, Brown signed a 2-year contract with the Parramatta Eels starting in 2017.[12]


After a stellar first season with Parramatta, Brown was awarded the Ken Thornett Medal for being Parramatta's best player in 2017. Brown was named in the Italy training squad for the 2017 world cup.[13] Brown played in all three of Italy's pool matches at the world cup including the 46-0 demolition of The United States.[14][15]


On 6 March 2018, Brown signed a new contract to stay at Parramatta until the end of the 2020 NRL season.[16] In Round 5 against Penrith, Brown suffered an ankle injury in the 12-6 loss and was ruled out indefinitely.[17][18] On 2 June 2018, Brown made his long-awaited return from injury in Parramatta's 30-4 defeat by Newcastle.[19] Brown made a total of 15 appearances for Parramatta as the club endured a horrid season finishing last on the table and claimed its 14th wooden spoon.[20]


In round 1 2019 against the Penrith Panthers, Brown was taken from the field during the first half after damaging his left pectoral muscle. It was later revealed that Brown would be ruled out for 3 months.[21]

Brown made his return to the Parramatta side against Cronulla-Sutherland in Round 13 which ended in a 42-22 loss at Shark Park.[22] In Round 23 against arch rivals Canterbury-Bankstown, Brown was placed on report and sent to sin bin after hitting Canterbury player Dallin Watene-Zelezniak with an illegal shoulder charge. Parramatta would go on to lose the match 12-6 in a shock loss at the new Western Sydney Stadium.[23] On August 26, Brown was suspended for two matches over the shoulder charge incident.[24] On 7 October, Brown was named in the Australian side for the 2019 Rugby League World Cup 9s.


  1. ^ "Nathan Brown (WT) - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Nathan Brown". 3 January 1993. Archived from the original on 19 April 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Nathan Brown player results, scores, news and statistics". 24 August 2013. Archived from the original on 24 August 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Toyota Cup Grand Final Team Lists". 26 September 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Wests Tigers secure top young talent". Archived from the original on 20 September 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
  6. ^ "NRL Late Changes v Dragons". 24 August 2013. Archived from the original on 27 August 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
  7. ^ Ian McCullough (27 August 2013). "Transfer window on the NRL agenda". Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  8. ^ "Add Nathan Brown to Squad for 2015 & 2016". Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Late Mail: Rd 6, 2015". Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Custom Match List". Rugby League Project. 29 October 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  11. ^ Phil Rothfield. "South Sydney's Nathan Brown rugby league's dirtiest player, biggest thug and throwback to the old days". Daily Telegraph.
  12. ^ (17 June 2016). "Eels sign Nathan Brown". Zero Tackle. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  13. ^ Pengilly, Adam (29 August 2017). "Parramatta Eels' buy of the year Nathan Brown crowned Ken Thornett medal winner". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  14. ^ Mascord, Steve (5 November 2017). "Italy up off the World Cup canvas to thrash US". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  15. ^ "Horror start for Matty Johns' lad, Jack". 29 October 2017.
  16. ^ "Parramatta Eels re-sign forward Nathan Brown".
  17. ^ "NRL injury list: The injuries ahead of round 10".
  18. ^ "Casualty Ward: Round 6". National Rugby League. 8 April 2018.
  19. ^ "Eels v Knights: Team lists for round 13 clash".
  20. ^ "Parramatta Eels 2018 season review". National Rugby League. 23 October 2018.
  21. ^ "Brown set to miss three months: Arthur".
  22. ^ "Cronulla Sharks' Bronson Xerri burns Parramatta Eels in NRL rout".
  23. ^ "Canterbury Bulldogs upset Parramatta Eels in Bankwest Stadium boilover".
  24. ^ "Eels confident they can buck 84-year hoodoo". NRL.

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