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Graduate Owain snapped up by resurgent Crusaders

5 December 2011

Glyndŵr University graduate Owain Brown has been unveiled as the first signing for the Crusaders – a new rugby league team in north Wales.

The side will play home matches at the Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium. 27-year-old Owain will take to the field as prop forward alongside his brother Iwan Brown, 25, a prop/2nd row forward.

We spoke to Owain about the move and his future plans.

How did you come to be involved with the newly formed Crusaders?

I played for the Great Britain students rugby league team and our assistant coach was Clive Griffiths. Clive is the new head coach of the Crusaders and he approached myself and Iwan about a month ago to see if we’d be interested in playing for the club.

How does it feel to be part of a new era for rugby league in north Wales?

Hugely exciting. It’s a chance to step up a level and pit myself against better teams and players than I’ve been playing against for the last few seasons.  It’s also a chance to play in my home town. I’ve always travelled up to the north west of England to play, so it’ll be nice for family and friends to be able to come and watch me play right on their doorstep. Our biggest game will be against the South Wales Scorpions. A north v south rugby league match at this level is a first for the game in Wales so there’s plenty to look forward to.

What do you think the future holds for the Crusaders?

It was a big loss to the town when the Super League Crusaders team folded but this is a real chance to help the sport grow in north Wales. We’ve got time to play at a lower level than Super League, to build things up slowly, attract new players and build an infrastructure which will be more sustainable in the long term. Rugby League is more popular than it was in Wrexham before the Celtic Crusaders moved to the Racecourse and this is a chance to build on that.

And how do you think you’ll get on playing in the same team as your brother?

Haha....we’ve always played together for Great Britain and Wales students and we used to play together at Halton Sims Cross rugby league club in Widnes. So I suppose it’s something we’re used to. We’ve definitely had our moments on the field but we’re both very competitive and we both go out there with the same aim of winning.

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