James Brown, London Scottish player/backs coach, has announced his retirement from the game.
Brown has been part of both the coaching and playing set up at London Scottish for the past four years after spells with Coventry, London Irish and Worcester Warriors.
He won the Powergen Cup with London Irish in 2002, and also represented England at ‘A’ level and England 7s. He also appeared for the Barbarians in the annual Mobbs Memorial Match in 2010.
An integral part of the team both on and off the pitch that brought London Scottish up to the Championship, ‘Brownie’ now feels the time is right to take the next step in his career.
Brown: “I've had an amazing 4 years playing and coaching at London Scottish and have memories I will never forget; two promotions in 3 years, the last minute try at Barking and the last game of the season decider v Esher to name a few.
After fulfilling my promise to Rod Lynch and Malcolm Gillespie when I first joined to get Scottish to the Championship in 4 years, I feel it’s time to work out what's next for me.
I'd like to thank everyone who's been involved during my time here and wish them all the best for what I know will be a successful season for them next year.”
Head Coach Simon Amor: “Brownie has been not just an outstanding player but also coach and leader throughout his time at London Scottish.
He has been an integral part of the club's success over the past 4 years, contributing so much on the field of play which is where the supporters would have seen him most. However he has had just as much impact off the field through his coaching of the team and mentoring of young fly-halves such as Dan Mugford and Craig Ratford who I know feel incredibly fortunate to have worked with a player of Brownie's experience.
I would publicly like to thank him for the great support he has given to myself over the past 2 years as I have made the transition to Head Coach at the club and while it is sad to see him leave he undoubtedly has the potential to coach at the highest level of the game and I, along with everyone at the club, wish him the very best of luck in his next career step.”