Darren Brown (rugby league)
Darren Brown (born 29 April 1969) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played for the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Western Suburbs Magpies and the Penrith Panthers. Brown also played for Trafford Borough in England and for the Salford City Reds in the Super League. He spent most of his career as a lock or second rower, but could also play in the backline.
|Born||29 April 1969|
|Position||Lock, Second-row, Centre, Five-eighth|
Brown was born in Sydney and raised in Redfern, New South Wales. He played his junior football with Zetland Magpies, Mascot Jets and Waterloo Waratahs in the South Sydney Juniors, as well as the Brighton Seagulls in the St George Juniors.
Rugby league careerEdit
In between his South Sydney stints he played the 1990 off season with English club Trafford Borough and then returned to Australia for the 1991 season with Canterbury (first grade player #559), where he featured as a centre and five-eighth, with a highlight being a hat-trick of tries in a win over Eastern Suburbs.
After returning to South Sydney for a further two years, Brown joined Western Suburbs (first grade player #974) in the 1994 season and played lock in the first three rounds. He was then sacked by Western Suburbs following his involvement in a brawl outside Canterbury Leagues Club and finished the season with Penrith (first grade player #361).
Since retiring from rugby league Brown has worked as a real estate agent and is currently employed as a stevedore (wharfie) on the Port Botany waterfront. In 2016 Brown walked 858 kilometres from the Gold Coast to Sydney with his mates from Rise Foundation Australia to raise awareness for suicide prevention and mental health issues. In 2019 Brown began co-hosting Rabbitohs Radio, a weekly rugby league podcast covering the South Sydney Rabbitohs. In the podcast Brown, former teammate Steve Mavin and Grant Chappell examine Rabbitohs team news, performances and interview special guests.
- Collis, Ian (2018). The A to Z of Rugby League Players. New Holland Publishers. ISBN 9781921024986.
- "Brown serves second dose of revenge". The Canberra Times. 6 April 1992. p. 19. Retrieved 28 June 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
- "Taylor blunders damage Magpies". The Canberra Times. 25 March 1991. p. 24. Retrieved 28 June 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
- "Brown, Penrith linked". The Canberra Times. 30 April 1994. p. 60. Retrieved 28 June 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
- Fisher, Michael (4 January 2001). "Salford boosted by Brown return". The Telegraph.
- Darren Brown at Rugby League project