NRL 2019: Kiwi Dylan Brown receives haka after Parramatta Eels debut

New Zealand-born league prospect Dylan Brown received a moving haka from family and friends, after making his NRL debut with the Parramatta Eels on Sunday.

Brown started at five-eighth for the Eels in their season-opener against the Penrith Panthers and the 18-year-old looked at home, as the wooden-spoon favourites upset one of the title contenders.

While the stats didn't show it, Brown was influential, as the Eels outscored the Panthers four-tries-to-two in their 20-12 win.

His family and friends performed a touching haka after the fulltime siren.

Afterwards, Brown walked up to his supporters, and gave them a hug and a hongi.

Brown was born and grew up in Auckland, before spending time in Northland. He then moved to Sydney to play in the Parramatta's youth system.

Brown is regarded as one of the brightest prospects in the NRL and the Warriors reportedly tried to sign him after Shaun Johnson's departure.

The young half player was promoted to the Eels top squad for the NRL season and is contracted to the club until the end of 2020.


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