How a Google search saved Wests Tigers star Nu Brown’s career before he scored two tries on miraculous return to the NRL after being told he’d never be able to run again
- Nu Brown, 27, almost found himself on NRL scrapheap before a google search
- The utility found a doctor in Melbourne who was willing to operate on his foot
- Brown was called up to play for Wests Tigers in NRL last Friday, scored two tries
Nu Brown was close to calling time on his rugby league career due a serious foot injury – but a quick Google search has given him another shot in the NRL.
Brown, 27, was urged to retire by multiple specialists, only for the stubborn utility to seek a different opinion.
The Samoan international, who previously was on the books of Cronulla and Canterbury, eventually found a Melbourne doctor willing to operate on him – and soon after secured a contract with Featherstone Rovers in the UK.
‘I was told I was unlikely to be able to run again, let alone play footy,’ Brown said.
‘So I did my own research online and found a doctor who specialised in the type of injury I had… he (also) got good results with AFL players.
After finding a doctor willing to operate on his foot, Nu Brown started his journey back back to the NRL via Featherstone in the UK
Nu Brown represented Cronulla (pictured) and Canterbury early in his NRL career
‘I went to him, he operated and then I went to Featherstone in the Championship to get my confidence back.’
After impressing with North Sydney in the NSW Cup the past few rounds, Michael Maguire called up the versatile star to take on the Bulldogs last Friday night at Leichhardt Oval.
Brown took the opportunity with both hands, scoring two crucial second half tries in the 36-22 win.
Now he is seeking a permanent contract for 2023 and beyond, having agreed to a train and trial deal this season.
Earlier this year, Brown picked up work as a videographer, shooting houses for real estate agents.
‘You’ve got to eat and I thought this was my only way of making a dollar – football seemed over,’ he told Wide World of Sports.
‘I (eventually) got the chance at the Tigers – it has been a whirlwind, but I refused to give up. ‘I know I still have a long way to go, I don’t want to be a one-hit wonder.’
Nu is expected to be in the Tigers squad who will line up against the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Accor Stadium from 5.30pm on Saturday.