Nathan Eyres-Brown

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Nathan Eyres-Brown
Full name Nathan Eyres-Brown
Nickname Brownie
Date of birth (1989-05-23) 23 May 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Weight 91 kg (14 st 5 lb)
School The Southport School
Children 2
Rugby union career
Current team Reds
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2009– Gold Coast Breakers ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013 Farul Constanţa 12 ((10))
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012 Queensland Reds 2 ((0))
National team(s)
Years Team Comps
2009 Australia Sevens

Nathan Eyres-Brown (born 23 May 1989) is an Australian rugby union footballer. His usual position is fullback or wing. He played for the Australian Sevens team in 2009, and played Super Rugby for the Queensland Reds in 2012.[1]

In 2013,he played fly-half for Romanian Superliga side Farul Constanţa.

Early life and junior career[edit]

Born on Queensland's Gold Coast, Eyres-Brown started his career playing rugby league.[1] At age 15, he joined the Canterbury Bulldogs development squad alongside Esi Tonga and Chris Sandow.[citation needed]

In 2005, Eyres-Brown gained a scholarship at The Southport School (TSS), where he played flyhalf during his first season.[1] He made the Queensland Under-16 squad for rugby union in 2005 as a utility back, and played in the national competition at inside centre due to an injury to Matt Toomua.[1]

Eyres-Brown played in 1st XV team at Southport in 2006. He scored a 50-metre try to win the match against Brisbane State High School which ensured TSS were crowned GPS premiers.[1] After leaving school, Eyres-Brown played rugby league during 2007 and 2008 in the FOGS Colts Challenge for the Burleigh Bears.[2][3]

Rugby career[edit]

In 2009, Eyres-Brown returned to playing rugby union at the Gold Coast Breakers club. He made his Premier Rugby debut against Norths on 25 April 2009, when he played as a winger and scored two tries.[4] From this success, Eyres-Brown was selected as a winger for Queensland Country before making the Australia Sevens squad in 2009.[1]

He sustained a shoulder injury playing with the Breakers in 2010 which cut his season short.[1] He returned via rugby league in 2011 with the Southport Tigers,[5] before rejoining the Breakers in 2012.[1][6]

Eyres-Brown was recruited to the Queensland Reds during the 2012 Super Rugby season.[6] He was flown at short notice to South Africa to provide injury cover as a utility back for Mike Harris and Ben Lucas. On 24 March, for the Bulls match at Pretoria, he came off the bench in the second half to earn his Queensland and Super Rugby debut.[7][8] Against the Western Force a week later, he came off the bench again, to relieve centre Ben Tapuai.[9]

Farul Constanţa[edit]

Eyres-Brown joined Romanian Superliga team Farul Constanţa for the 2013 SuperLiga season. On 13 July, he became the first ever Super Rugby player to play in the SuperLiga, starting against Timisoara in the Stadionul de Rugby Mihai Naca, Constanța. During the same game, Sosene Anesi coming off the bench for Timisoara to become the second Super Rugby player in the SuperLiga. Eyres-Brown played another 11 games for Farul Constanţa, playing as a centre, full-back, wing and fly-half. Farul Constanţa lost in the semi-final of the SuperLiga against CSA Steaua București, during which Eyres-Brown was sent off late in the game for a late hit.

Reference list[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Country provides a pathway to Queensland Reds". (Press release). 2012. Archived from the original on 31 May 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "2007 Results Round 11". Wynnum Manly Seagulls. 28 May 2007. Archived from the original on 4 February 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "League: FOGS Cup, June 1". Courier-Mail. News. 1 June 2008. Archived from the original on 4 February 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Oberhardt, Mark (26 April 2009). "Souths beat Easts to win Caxton Cup". Courier-Mail. News. Archived from the original on 4 February 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Braysher, Kevin (12 September 2011). "Grand Final Day 2011". Gold Coast Rugby League Inc. Archived from the original on 4 February 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Country continues to generate Queensland Reds talent" (Press release). QLD Reds. 29 March 2012. Archived from the original on 4 February 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Murphy earns starting opportunity against Bulls" (Press release). QLD Reds. 22 March 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Vodacom Bulls 61-8 Reds". South African Rugby Union. 24 March 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Force 45-19 Reds". South African Rugby Union. 31 March 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2016.