Former All Black Brown’s future in doubt after injury

Former All Blacks first five-eighth Tony Brown’s rugby future is uncertain following a freak injury that he suffered while playing in Japan.

Thirty three year-old Brown injured his pancreas on October the 25th while playing for Sanyo Wild Knights against Kintetsu Liners, according to the Daily Yomiuri newspaper.

“I was blindsided and didn’t see it coming,” Brown said.

“I felt a bit uncomfortable for the rest of the game and then just after I started to feel rather sick, and developed a fever as my body started to react.”

Brown went straight to a hospital in Gunma where he underwent surgery, but then had to be transferred to a Tokyo hospital once the full extent of his injuries were discovered.

Brown has spent five weeks in hospital with a ruptured pancreas and has also developed acute pancreatitis.

“Pancreatitis is usually disease related, not the result of trauma,” Brown said. “But the operation went well and now it is a matter of recovering slowly and getting my body weight back up.”

The former Otago favorite lost 13 kilograms, is on a restricted diet and still has to have his blood tested every two or three days.

“They (the doctors) said it was quite severe and they needed to operate to save my life,” Brown said.

Brown admitted on Sunday that he would not play again if there is any risk to his health.

“I want to play again but the most important thing is to stay healthy.”

Brown played 18 tests for the All Blacks between 1999 and 2001 and has played Super Rugby for the Highlanders, Sharks and the Stormers.

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