Brown answers Highlanders call

2011-02-28 12:01

Pretoria - Veteran flyhalf Tony Brown has been drafted into the injury-depleted Highlanders' Vodacom Super Rugby squad and will join the team in South Africa on Tuesday.

According to the website, the 36-year-old former All Black, part of the team's wider training group, was summoned from Japan as an injury replacement after Lima Sopoaga injured a shoulder in the 23-13 win over the Chiefs on Friday night.

First choice pivot Colin Slade is sidelined after breaking his jaw in a pre-season match, leaving Robbie Robinson as the only fit No 10 in the squad.

Brown, who played 83 games for the Highlanders, has been playing rugby in Japan since 2004 and was a member of the championship-winning Sanyo team this year.

He will fly from Tokyo to join the team in Johannesburg on Tuesday and team management was confident he would be fit to face the Bulls in Pretoria on Saturday (kick-off 19:10), the Otago Daily Times reported.

The Highlanders second match on their SA tour is against the Stormers at Newlands on Friday, March 11 at 19:10.



  • Pappa Smurf - 2011-02-28 12:18

    So it's not just the Stormers who buy hasbeens. They suck by the way.

      Alwyn - 2011-02-28 13:13


      Jean - 2011-02-28 13:19

      Pappa Smurf is Excellent! My Hero! Go jou leka ding!!

      Pappa Smurf - 2011-02-28 13:31

      Jean suig shrimp by Ocean Basket.

      nixcroft - 2011-02-28 13:50

      is jean pappa smurfs alter ego ?

      Johnny - 2011-02-28 13:54

      ...agree, ......stormbarians = 11 year suckers....!!

      Jean - 2011-02-28 14:58

      Jean is Pappa Smurf's biggest Fan! Hes such a Sweetheart!

      Blue Jake - 2011-02-28 16:42

      Jean klink maar so n bietjie verfeind as jy my vra.

  • Danie - 2011-02-28 12:31

    I thought Tony gave up Rugby a long time a go!!!

  • Wayne Hawkey - 2011-02-28 12:48

    Tony Brown played 83 games for the many of those did they win.... he was a great player, but i reckon he is over his sell-by date....

      nixcroft - 2011-02-28 13:51

      reminds me of the desperation the lions had in getting "king carlos" to play for them last year. king carlos seems to be doing good as a coach, but at 36 yrs old most rugby players don't have the oomph for superrugby...stephan terblanche being the obvious exception....

  • earlbok - 2011-02-28 16:44

    Tony Brown tends to play bad for SA sides but when with his NZ sides he might surprise us

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