Surgeon’s knife spares Brown’s life

Former Stormers flyhalf Tony Brown has undergone life-saving surgery and is determined to return to rugby.

The 33-year-old ruptured his spleen while playing for Japanese club side Sanyo Wild Knights in October. The injury led to Brown developing acute pancreatitis and doctors eventually advised the former All Blacks pivot to undergo surgery.

“They said it was quite severe and they needed to operate to save my life,” Brown told the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper. “The operation went well and now it is a matter of recovering slowly and getting my body weight back up.”

Brown played most of his Super Rugby with the Highlanders but has also enjoyed brief stints with the Sharks and Stormers franchises. After one season with the Cape-based side in 2008, he returned to Japan.