Errol Fraser Brain (born 21 July 1968) is a former New Zealand rugby union player and a current coach. He played as back-row/number 8.

Errol Brain
Birth nameErrol Fraser Brain
Date of birth (1968-07-21) 21 July 1968 (age 51)
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight107 kg (236 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) No. 8
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
Counties Manukau ()
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
4 5
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1989–98 New Zealand Māori
Teams coached
Years Team
2010–13 Portugal

Brain had more than 100 caps for Counties Manukau. He played for Auckland Blues (1996) and Waikato Chiefs (1997/98), in New Zealand, and Valence d'Agen (1993), in France. He moved to Toyota Motor Company, in Japan, where he played from 1999 to 2002.

Brain played for New Zealand Māaori, from 1989 to 1998, and was also their captain.[1]

In September 2010, he took charge as coach of Portugal, with a contract for three years. He started well, performing strongly, but his results later disappointed. He left in late March 2013 when his contract expired, with a mixed legacy of results. After returning to New Zealand Brain was travelling back and forth on and off to Japan, where he coached. However, his family's final decision was to not move to Japan but to buy a business and settle down in Tauranga. Errol and his wife Tracy bought TDDA (the drug detection agency) and soon started buying businesses around the bay.


  1. ^ "Errol Brain Profile". Archived from the original on 28 February 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2010.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tomaz Morais
Portugal National Rugby Union Coach
Succeeded by
Frederico Sousa
Preceded by
Robin Brooke
Tom French Memorial
Māori rugby union player of the year

Succeeded by
Mark Mayerhofler