Full-back Louis Brown seals Newcastle Falcons move

Thursday 27 April 2023 Written by: Adam

The 25-year-old has been a mainstay of a Coventry side currently placed third in the Championship with 16 wins and one draw from their 21 games, making 43 appearances during his three seasons in the West Midlands.

“First and foremost, I’m really looking forward to the move and I’m excited about being a Newcastle Falcons player,” said Brown.

“I’ve had three good seasons at Coventry which I’ve really enjoyed, and I’m ready to take on this new challenge of proving myself at the top level. That’s where I ultimately want to be, and I’ve only heard good things about the club and the city.”

Explaining his rugby journey, Louis (pronounced ‘Lew-ee’) said: “I came from a rugby league background originally, where I played for Yorkshire county and Featherstone Rovers as my club.

“I was just starting to break into their first-team stuff when I went over to play rugby union with Yorkshire Carnegie, and earned a senior academy contract there as well as playing England Counties Under-18s.

“I made my first team debut for them as an 18-year-old against London Irish, and after two seasons in the senior side there they had some financial issues which meant I went to Old Elthamians in National One for six months.

“Coventry picked me up from there two games before Covid came along, and I’ve played the last three seasons with Coventry in the Championship.

“They’ve been really good for me, and I can only say good things about my time there. My game has come on loads and they’ve really given me a platform to improve. We’ve had a good year in terms of really challenging Ealing and Jersey at the top, and will finish the season in third.

“It’s been a really good environment to kick on, and hopefully Newcastle can be the same.”

Giving supporters an idea of what to expect, when asked about his playing style he said: “My game understanding is probably one of my main strengths, and something I’ve worked really hard to improve over the last few years.

“I’d like to think of myself as a competitive and instinctive player, and I want to push the people around me as well as getting better myself. I want to be part of a winning team, and coming to Newcastle is a great opportunity.”

Newcastle Falcons’ interim head coach Mark Laycock said: “I’m really looking forward to working with Louis.

“He’s strong under the high ball, has a big left boot on him and he gives us some good options in the back three from a kicking strategy point of view.

“He’s a strong ball-carrier who will challenge defences, and he will bring a good balance to our attack.”

Brown becomes the Falcons’ tenth new signing for next season, joining Murray McCallum (Edinburgh), Cameron Hutchison (Edinburgh), Tim Cardall (Melbourne Rebels), Ollie Leatherbarrow (Exeter Chiefs), Kiran McDonald (ex-Munster), Bryan Byrne (Bristol Bears), Josh Bainbridge (Coventry), John Kelly (Doncaster Knights) and Ben Redshaw (academy) under incoming head coach Alex Codling (Oyonnax).

[**Click here**][1] to watch some of Louis’ highlights.

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**Born:** 17/2/98

**Height:** 187cm (6 foot 1)

**Weight:** 91kg (14 stone 5)

**Honours:** England Counties U18s

[1]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGXT4KNlO2c
[2]: https://www.eticketing.co.uk/newcastle-falcons/EDP/Season/Index/1850?returnUrl=/newcastle-falcons/Seasons/Seasons