Brown brings experience to Ealing Trailfinders promotion challenge

Tom BrownTom Brown will bring much needed experience to Ealing Trailfinders’ bid for promotion from National 1 having signed for the Club from Jersey.

The 31-year-old backrower spent one season in the Channel Islands and featured off the bench in the match at St Peters, which was Ealing Trailfinders’ first win in the Greene King IPA Championship.

“Tom is an exceptional player,” Director of Coaching Ben Ward said. “He has played at the top level and will bring that experience with him. Things didn’t work out for him in Jersey last year and he is hungry to make an impact.”

The Doncaster-born Brown qualified for both Wales and England through his parents and opted to play for the Principality at U21 level, featuring at the 2004 U21 IRB World Championship against South Africa, England, France and Russia.

That year he also represented the Wales Rugby League side at the European Nations Cup.

At club level he came through at Hartpury College where he studied Sports Conditioning and Coaching before going on to play for Worcester Warriors, London Welsh, Cardiff Blues and Newport Gwent Dragons before he joined Jersey.

“He can play at 6 and 8 and brings great ball carrying ability that will help us to get on the front foot,” Ward added. “It brings more competition to the back row and this can only be a good thing and inspire the players to push each other harder.”