After overcoming two serious knee injuries earlier in his career, FNB Madibaz flank Brandon Brown is proving his worth for the Nelson Mandela University in the Varsity Cup this season.
The 23-year-old economics masters student has twice won the Player that Rocks, against Wits and NWU-Pukke, even though his team were on the losing side.
It is an indication of how Brown, who was christened Henry but is widely known as Brandon, is enjoying his rugby at this stage and he says his confidence has grown since he turned out for the EP Kings U21 side in 2012.
After being injured in 2013 and 2014, he is happy to be involved with Madibaz.
“I think my play has definitely improved over the last few years, learning how to operate in the breakdown area,” the former Grey High pupil said.
“I am really enjoying being given the freedom to play in the outer channels from time to time and to work with the backline players.”
“I was in the EP Academy at the time of the injuries and fortunately Academy head Robbi Kempson placed his trust in me, kept my contract and I did all my rehab through them.”
Having had a taste of rugby at senior provincial level, Brown said he would like to return to that level once he finishes at varsity.
“Obviously, my focus now is just on the Varsity Cup, but I would like to progress to try to play competitions such as the SuperSport Challenge, the Currie Cup and PRO14, and possibly even Super Rugby.”
Acknowledging that it was a special experience to be voted twice as the Player that Rocks, he quickly added that it was the team result that was of greater importance.
“We are focused only on getting a win for the team and it’s something we will continue to fight for.”
Madibaz will be at home for their next game on Monday when they take on log-leaders Stellenbosch at Madibaz Stadium at 6.30pm.