"I can't wait" - Mike Brown confirms his return to Harlequins - Ruck

“I can’t wait” – Mike Brown confirms his return to Harlequins

Ahead of Harlequins vs Barbarians on 17 November, Quins have confirmed that record appearance holder Mike Brown to The Stoop.

Brown, who amassed an incredible 351 appearances in the Famous Quarters, will return to represent the Barbarians managed by legendary New Zealand coach Scott Robertson as the Barbarians take on a strong Harlequins team for this high profile event under the ‘Thursday Night Lights’ in Twickenham.

Brown said: “I can’t wait to return home to The Stoop and to run out in front of our supporters once more. The Club kindly offered that I could play for Harlequins but I hold pulling on the Quins shirt as a huge honour and for that reason it wouldn’t feel right taking that away from someone in the current squad who’s earnt it. It will feel strange to go toe to toe with my old team mates and friends once more but this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to represent the Barbarians at my former home and it will be a very special evening.”


Brown will be joined by several players from Worcester Warriors and Wasps as the Barbarians look to support the rugby family by including some players affected by the recent challenges at both clubs. Wasps and Springbok scrum half Francois Hougaard will don the famous Black and White jersey and will be joined by former team mate and Irish international prop John Ryan. 

Englishmen Jacob Umaga and Dan Robson will also join the Barbarians from Wasps for the match and will offer notable experience in English conditions for the match. Representation from Worcester Warriors will be confirmed shortly.

Further team news to follow in the coming days involving the addition of some high profile international players including All Blacks. 

Tickets are still available for the inaugural meeting of the two side and can be bought here.

Mike Brown facts:

  1. He has won three Six Nations Championship titles with England and two English Premiership titles with Harlequins
  2. Having mainly played football and little rugby, he initially wanted to play fly-half
  3. Brown was an integral part of the England team that won the RBS Six Nations Championship in 2016 and played every match in the 3–0 whitewash of Australia
  4. Brown married long term partner, fashion designer Eliza Scarlett Woodcock, the daughter of former England international footballer Tony Woodcock, in summer 2016
  5. He was selected by the general public for the 2014 RBS Six Nations player of the championship award

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