Fa'amanu Brown

Fa'amanu "Nu" Brown (born 24 December 1994) is a Samoa international rugby league footballer who plays as a five-eighth, halfback and hooker.

Nu Brown
Fa'amanu Brown Bulldogs.jpg
Personal information
Full nameFa'amanu Brown
Born (1994-12-24) 24 December 1994 (age 25)
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
Height183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight90 kg (14 st 2 lb)
Playing information
PositionFive-eighth, Hooker, Halfback
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2014–17 Cronulla Sharks 25 3 0 0 12
2018–19 Canterbury Bulldogs 12 1 0 0 4
Total 37 4 0 0 16
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2016–17 Samoa 5 0 3 0 6
As of 11 May 2020
Source: [1]

He has played for the Cronulla Sharks and the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in the NRL.


Brown was born in Christchurch, New Zealand. He is of Samoan descent.

He played his junior football for the Hornby Panthers before moving to Australia and playing for De La Salle Caringbah. He attended and graduated from Endeavour Sports High School. In 2012, Brown was signed by the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, and started out in their S. G. Ball Cup team. Brown then played for the Sharks' NYC team from 2012 to 2014.[3] Brown has captained the Sharks' NYC team.[4]

Playing careerEdit


On 14 February 2014, Brown was selected in the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks inaugural 2014 NRL Auckland Nines squad.[5] Brown was selected to play for Samoa against Fiji in the 2014 Pacific Rugby League International test, but withdrew due to injury.[6] On 5 June 2014, Brown re-signed with the Sharks on a 3-year contract, two days before his NRL debut.[7] In Round 13 of the 2014 NRL season, Brown made his debut for the Sharks against the St. George Illawarra Dragons playing at five-eighth in the Sharks 30–0 loss at WIN Stadium.[8] In Round 21 against the Parramatta Eels at Remondis Stadium, Brown scored his first NRL career try in the Sharks 32–12 loss.[9] Brown finished his debut year in the NRL with him playing in 11 matches and scoring a try for the Sharks in the 2014 NRL season. On 9 September 2014, Brown was selected for the New Zealand and Samoa 2014 Four Nations train-on squads,[10][11] but didn't make the final 24 man squads for both teams.


On 31 January and 1 February, Brown played for the Sharks in the 2015 NRL Auckland Nines.[12] In their Auckland Nines Semi-Final match against the Sydney Roosters, Brown suffered a season ending Anterior cruciate ligament injury, resulting in him not playing in any matches for the Sharks in the 2015 NRL season.[13][14]

Brown playing for the Newtown Jets


On 7 May, Brown made his international debut for Samoa against Tonga in the 2016 Polynesian Cup, where he played at five-eighth and kicked 3 goals in a man-of-the-match performance.[15] Brown spent most of the season with foundation club and feeder side to Cronulla, The Newtown Jets, where he was part of the side that made it to the preliminary final before losing to eventual premiers Illawarra.[16]


On 17 May 2017, Fa'amanu Brown signed a two year deal with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. After waiting almost a year for a chance to be recalled to the side, Brown finally made his NRL return in Cronulla's clash with Canterbury in round 12, with the regular half, James Maloney, unavailable due to State of Origin duties. On 21 July 2017, Brown scored his first try of the season for Cronulla against Souths in a 26–12 victory.[17]

On 28 July 2017, Brown started for Cronulla against the New Zealand Warriors and scored a try, but was later taken from the field after suffering a head collision.[18]


Brown made his debut for Canterbury-Bankstown in Round 3 against the Penrith Panthers. Brown made a total of 9 appearances in 2018 as Canterbury spent the entire season down towards the foot of the table. At one stage, the club were running second last on the table before upset wins over the Brisbane Broncos, New Zealand Warriors and St George lifted the club up the table to a 12th place finish.[19]

Brown played in Canterbury's Intrust Super Premiership NSW grand final victory over his former club Newtown at Leichhardt Oval. The following week, Brown played in Canterbury's NRL State Championship side which defeated Redcliffe 42-18 at ANZ Stadium.[20][21]


Brown only made 3 appearances for Canterbury in the 2019 NRL season. For most of 2019, Brown played for Canterbury's reserve grade team in the Canterbury Cup NSW competition. Brown's last game for the club was the qualifying final against St George which Canterbury lost 24-22 at Campbelltown Stadium.

On September 16, it was revealed that Brown would be released from the club after not being offered a new contract for the 2020 season.[22][23]


  1. ^ "Fa'amanu Brown – Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Kiwi-raised Nu Brown to play for Samoans – Canterbury Rugby League – FOX SPORTS PULSE". foxsportspulse.com. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Fa'amanu Brown player results, scores, news and statistics". rleague.com. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  4. ^ "NRL. Sharks | Monstasport.com". monstasport.com. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Squads For Auckland Nines". Rugby League Week. 14 February 2014. Archived from the original on 15 January 2016. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Toa Samoa Team Announced". Rugby League Week. 27 April 2014. Archived from the original on 11 September 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Brown signs on through 2017 – Sharks". sharks.com.au. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  8. ^ "Late Mail – Sharks v Dragons – Sharks". sharks.com.au. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  9. ^ "Jarryd Hayne Stars Again as Parramatta Eels Roll Cronulla Sharks 32–12 to Claim a Place in the Eight". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  10. ^ "Six players added to Kiwis squad | Radio New Zealand News". Radionz.co.nz. 19 September 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  11. ^ "Samoa train on squad announced | NRL". Zero Tackle. 8 September 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  12. ^ "Sharks Name 2015 Nines Squad". Rugby League Week. 23 January 2015. Archived from the original on 3 February 2016. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  13. ^ "Auckland Nines 2015 : Highs Lows and Big Blows; Freaks Beasts Treats and Misery". Foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  14. ^ Haigh, Paul (3 February 2015). "Fa'amanu Brown injures knee in Auckland Nines finals | St George & Sutherland Shire Leader". Theleader.com.au. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  15. ^ "Samoa too good for Tonga in fiery Pacific Test clash at Pirtek Stadium". Dailytelegraph.com.au. 7 May 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  16. ^ "Late surge by the Cutters denies the Jets a place in the Grand Final". 20 September 2016.
  17. ^ Parkinson, Andrew. "NRL 2017: Cronulla Sharks cruise past South Sydney Rabbitohs" – via The Sydney Morning Herald.
  18. ^ "Warriors v Sharks: NRL Round 21 score, Fa'amanu Brown injury, Bodene Thompson injury". 28 July 2017.
  19. ^ "Canterbury Bulldogs 2018 season review". www.nrl.com.
  20. ^ "Canterbury Bulldogs beat Newtown Jets to win 2018 Intrust Super Premiership grand final". Fox Sports.
  21. ^ "Bulldogs down Dolphins to win Intrust Super Championship". NRL.
  22. ^ "Finals week 1". NSWRL.
  23. ^ "Bulldogs farewell five players". Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.

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