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MEET THE TEAM: Daniel Brown

2nd August 2017, 08:05

MEET THE TEAM: Daniel Brown

In our latest feature ahead of Rugby League World Cup 2017, we take a look at Penrith Panthers' Daniel Brown.

Daniel Brown, who qualifies to play for Wales through heritage, was called up by John Kear for the first time when he was named in the 38-man train-on squad for the World Cup.

"If I were to make the final World Cup squad, it would be an unreal experience for me," Brown said. "To play in a World Cup is something I'd really love to do."

The 20-year-old began playing rugby league locally in Sydney at the age of six and he spent the majority of his time as a junior at St Clair Comets. 

In 2015, though, he made the move to NRL club Penrith Panthers and he has been there since. 

Daniel dives over in the corner for a Penrith try

The Panthers, where Brown's fellow Wales train-on squad member Caleb Aekins also plies his trade, are a leading side in the Holden Cup, the NRL's U20s competition.

In his first season with Penrith, they pipped North Queensland Cowboys to first in the Holden Cup, although Brown only made two appearances towards the back end of the year. 

However, in 2016, he made his breakthrough and was a regular in the U20s, making 18 appearances in all and scoring 11 tries as Penrith again won the Holden Cup. 

Brown, who normally plays either fullback or wing but can operate anywhere in the outside backs, has carried his form over to 2017.

He has been featuring on the flank so far this season and has an impressive ratio of more than a try a game with 17 touchdowns in 16 matches to date.

It's not only his tries that stand out; on a consistent basis, Brown makes over 100 metres during 80 minutes and, on occasions, is edging towards the 200-metre mark. 

At present, the Panthers find themselves second in the table, but they are only seven points behind Cronulla Sharks with a large chunk of the season remaining. 

"We're going well," Brown said. "We're now starting to find some form back after losing a couple of matches.

"Hopefully, I will continue to score tries and finish in the top couple of try-scorers come the end of the season. 

"The end goal for me has to be to keep playing good footy and make that final World Cup squad."

With him playing in such a successful side and finding himelf in the form that he is, Brown is an exciting prospect. 

He provides options in a number of different positions across the backline and will be hoping to make the World Cup squad when it is whittled down to a smaller number later on this year.

Daniel and his two children

Daniel with his daughter after a match

 

 

KEY STATS

Name: Daniel Brown

Position: Fullback/winger

Current club: Penrith Panthers

Community club: St Clair Comets

Eligibility: Born in Westmead, Australia. Eligible through his grandfather

Date of birth: 22/04/1997

 

YOU CAN FOLLOW DANIEL ON INSTAGRAM: @dannybrownnn

 

Wales' group matches at Rugby League World Cup 2017 are as follows:

DATE

FIXTURE

VENUE

October 28

PAPUA NEW GUINEA V WALES

Sir John Guise Stadium, Port Moresby

November 5

FIJI V WALES

Townsville Stadium 

November 12

WALES V IRELAND

Perth Rectangular Stadium

 

If you are interested in sponsoring Wales during their World Cup campaign, email chris.thair@walesrugbyleague.co.uk.

Meanwhile, Wales' new merchandise for the tournament is now available. Click HERE to purchase items.

 

Article by Ryan Gould

Photos from Daniel Brown