Tony Brown arrives for the Sharks



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Ex All Black Tony Brown has finally left Japan and joined the Sharks. Brown made his name with the Highlanders where he earned 83 caps between 1996 and 2004.

In that time he became the third highest points scorer in the Super 12 amassing 817 points.

The Sharks currently have a 50 % record and are now on the road that will see them play the Crusaders, Waratahs, Brumbies, Highlanders and Hurricanes all away from home.

At number 10 Sharks coach Dick Muir has had to use Springboks utility Percy Montgomery and this has had mixed results. Last week he used the 19 yr old Bradley Barrit who managed to score a try on his debut. Barrit will however need a lot more experience before facing the likes of Dan Carter.

So if its experience that the Sharks need at 10 then Browns the man. Brown played 19 matches for the All Blacks and brings with him a wealth of experience.Muir then will be keen on putting Brown into action as soon as possible.

The Brown boost comes as the Sharks are suffering from a number of minor injuries. Hooker and Springbok captain John Smit is recovering from a groin operation and has been suspended , scrum half Craig Davidson has a lower back niggle while wing Henno Mentz, fullback JP Pietersen, flank Warren Britz all have hamstring injuries and prop Heineke van der Merwe has a knee ligaments.

Futher problems for the Sharks are at Prop with Brendon Botha having a neck injury and Deon Carstens a shoulder injury. Both of the these are not serious but they had to leave the field in the 26-27 loss to the Cheetahs.

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