Kelly Brown returns to Saracens as an assistant coach

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Stuart Hogg and Kelly Brown. Image: © Craig Watson -
Stuart Hogg and Kelly Brown. Image: © Craig Watson -

KELLY BROWN has returned to Saracens in an assistant coach capacity. The former Scotland back-rower spent 10 years at the club between 2010 and 2020, first as a player and then as an academy coach, before returning north to take charge of contact and breakdown at Glasgow Warriors last summer. However, his family failed to settle and he announced earlier this week that he would be leaving the club to return to London following Sunday’s match against Leinster.

“I’d like to thank Glasgow Warriors and Scottish Rugby for the opportunity and understanding they have shown towards my family and me in allowing me to return to Saracens,” said Brown. “My family’s happiness is the most important thing to me so to be able to return to a place we call home is extremely special.

“I loved every minute of the first 10 years I spent at Saracens and I am very grateful for the coaching opportunities they afforded me following my retirement.

“I am very excited and enthusiastic about working with and learning from a lot of great people, and I am looking forward to helping develop a number of hugely talented players at the club.”

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Saracens Director of Rugby Mark McCall welcomed the news. “Kelly is hugely popular and respected and is someone who cares about the club deeply,” he said.

“He has all the qualities required to be an outstanding coach and will play a key role in the development of our squad in the years ahead.”

Academy Manager Mike Hynard added: “We are very pleased to be welcoming Kelly and his family back to Saracens. Kelly worked hard to develop as a coach when he finished his playing career and was an instrumental part of the Academy coaching team. His eagerness to improve and ambition to coach at the highest level is clear for all to see.

“Kelly played a large part in the development of several players that have recently graduated from the Academy into the senior squad. We look forward to continuing the work we started, helping Kelly further develop his coaching and maintain the high-quality production of players into a successful Saracens senior team.”

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