Ex-Saint Browne goes Welsh

Former Northampton Saints forward Daniel Browne has joined London Welsh for next season.

Browne, 33, spent two seasons at Franklin’s Gardens before moving on to Bath in 2008 where won the Amlin Challenge Cup.

Born in Auckland, he also had a spell with Bedford Blues after first arriving from New Zealand, before joining Grenoble in 2002, where he benefited latterly from the tutelage of former England and Lions international Dean Richards.

He spent three seasons in France before joining Northampton Saints in 2005, where he made his Premiership debut.

He joined Leeds Carnegie in 2010 before returning to Grenoble last season.

Browne said: “London Welsh have performed really well over the last couple of years in the Championship and it’s great to join a team that’s playing so well.

“The style of rugby they play is really good, it suits the way I play and hopefully I can fit in. Following the Championship and seeing what London Welsh have achieved, it’s a great opportunity.

“I spoke to a few players who’d worked with Lyn [Jones] and you can see the way London Welsh play reflected in the way he coaches. I think it will great to get on board with the boys there.”

London Welsh Head Coach Lyn Jones said: “Daniel will be a good role model. It’s important to have good role models in the squad when our squad is young and inexperienced, of what it takes to be a top professional. He’s also very hard-working and will bring a physical presence.”