SCOTLAND Under-20s back-row Rudi Brown, who was released from the Edinburgh Rugby academy at the end of last season after just one appearance for the senior team in March 2022, has signed for French Pro D2 side Vannes.
The 19-year-old was one of Scotland’s stand-out performers during their mixed-bag 2023 Under-20s Six Nations campaign and is currently preparing for the age-grade side’s Junior World Trophy campaign in Kenya at the end of this month. He played his domestic rugby with Southern Knights in the Super Series last season.
Brown is the third up-and-coming Scottish back-rower to move out of Scotland after leaving the academy system, with Rhys Tait and Archie Smeaton both signing for English Championship outfit Doncaster Knights last month having failed to win contracts with Glasgow Warriors. Harri Morris, who played in the back-row for Scotland Under-20s in 2021 before starting the process of converting to hooker, has also recently signed with Doncaster from the Edinburgh academy on a season long loan.
Brown is set to link up with Hamish Bain and Ewan Johnson (both former Scotland Under-20s second-rows) when he arrives in Brittany.