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Nathan Brew
Personal information
Full name Nathan Brew
Date of birth April 21, 1982 (1982-04-21) (age 27)
Place of birth Cardiff, Wales
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 94 kg (14 st 11 lb)
Notable relative(s) Aled Brew (brother)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Wing, centre
Clubs Caps (points)
2001–2003
2008–2009
2009-
Newport RFC
Bristol
Neath RFC
15
?
0
(10)
(?)
(0)
correct as of 10:55, 19 December 2008 (UTC).
Provincial/State sides
2003–2007
2007–2008
N-G Dragons
Scarlets
75
10
(73)
(5)
correct as of 19:25, 11 February 2008 (UTC).
National team(s)


2003-
Wales U-19
Wales U-21
Wales


1


(5)
correct as of 23:36, 14 August 2007 (UTC).
7's National teams
Wales
correct as of 23:36, 14 August 2007 (UTC).

Nathan Brew (born 21 April 1982 in Cardiff, Wales) is a Welsh international rugby union player, who currently plays for Bristol in the Guinness Premiership after it was mutually agreed that his contract with the Scarlets would be terminated . Brew is capable of playing both in the centre and on the wing.

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Career

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Early life

Brew was born in Cardiff, but moved back to his mother's home town of Brynamman when he was six, around the time his brother Aled was born. Brew was brought up as a Welsh-speaker.

Club career

Newport RFC

Brew began his professional rugby career at Newport RFC, signing for the Black and Ambers when he was still only 19. He made his debut for the Rodney Parade club in a Celtic League match at home to Edinburgh on 1 September 2001. He had to wait nearly six months, however, to score his first try for the club, eventually crossing in a WRU Challenge Cup match against Bonymaen RFC. Brew was then not selected and did not play again for Newport for almost a year. He made his comeback appearance on 8 February 2003 against Bedwas RFC, again in the WRU Challenge Cup, and followed this up by scoring a try in a Welsh Premier Division match against Cardiff RFC on 25 April.

Newport Gwent Dragons

Before the start of the 2003-04 season, regional rugby was introduced to Wales, and Brew made the move to the Newport Gwent Dragons regional side. He was selected for the Dragons' first match in the revamped Celtic League, an away match against the Llanelli Scarlets. Brew made 25 appearances in all competitions in the 2003-04 season, scoring three tries along the way. However, these three tries did not come until the last three games of the season, which perhaps was a reflection on the brand of rugby the squad played. The 2004-05 season was slightly hit and miss, with Brew only making 17 appearances and scoring just two tries before an injury to his groin (which seemed to be pretty common amongst the Welsh squad during this period with such players as Shane Williams & Barry Davies having similar operations) in March which ruled him out for the rest of the season. Brew returned to the Dragons side just before Christmas 2005, and was in scintallating form; he scored four tries in the twelve appearances he made that season and earned himself a late call up to the Welsh squad for the Argentina tour .

After being deployed mainly as a winger for the majority of his Dragons career, Brew moved into the centre for most of the 2006-07 season where he demonstrated perhaps that this was his best position. It was his ability to create space from the centre that helped Brew scored all of his five tries that season, as well as landing one drop goal in an EDF Energy Cup match against the Northampton Saints. An ankle injury kept Brew out of the Dragons team for four months from December 2006 to March 2007.

Scarlets

In February 2007, it was announced that Brew had signed a two-year contract with the Llanelli Scarlets for the 2007-08 season. The transfer came as a surprise to many Welsh rugby and Dragons fans, due to Brew being a real crowd pleaser at Rodney Parade. Brew made 12 starts for the Scarlets in his time at Stradey Park, before his contract was terminated by mutual agreement on 5 December 2008. Which was partially due to lack of game time opportunities created as a result of the tremendous form of Regan King. [1]

Bristol

On 18 December 2008, Brew signed for Guinness Premiership side Bristol. He had a spell with Bristol earlier in his career, before he signed for Newport in 2001.[2]

International career

Brew has only ever made one appearance and benched twice for the Welsh national team, making a try-scoring debut in an Autumn Test against Romania at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham. He has been a part of two Welsh tours the first being in 2004 to South Africa and the second when he was selected for the tour to Argentina whereby he was selection on the bench for the second Test.

Brew has also turned out several times for the Welsh national team at a number of different levels. He began his international career when he played for the Welsh Senior Schools side, before moving on to the Under-19 and Under-21 sides. Since then, Brew has been involved with the Welsh Sevens team.

Personal life

Brew's brother, Aled, currently plays as a winger for the Newport Gwent Dragons, and has also appeared for the Welsh national team. Aled was on loan at the Newport Gwent Dragons during the 2006–07 season and lined up alongside his brother on a number of occasions.

References

  1. ^ "Scarlets and Brew opt for split". BBC Sport. 5 December 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/my_club/llanelli_scarlets/7766046.stm. Retrieved 5 December 2008.  
  2. ^ "Brew completes return to Bristol". BBC Sport. 18 December 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/my_club/bristol/7775985.stm. Retrieved 19 December 2008.  

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