All over the world, there are millions of young children who want to follow in their parents’ footsteps when they grow up, and it seems in rugby there is no difference.
Some players, such as Owen Farrell or Billy Vunipola, have done well to manage the pressure their family name brings.
But across the country, there is a new batch of players, fathered by some of rugby’s greatest, who are trying to make their name in the sport while juggling the pressure of their father’s success.
While some are performing better than others, all still have a long way to go in their career.
Here are five exciting youngsters currently looking to follow in the footsteps of their fathers.
#1. Gregor Townsend
Townsend’s son Christian is on the road to following the same career path as his famous rugby father after being named in the Scotland under-20 training squad in late 2020. Like his father, teenager Christian is a stand-off.
During the 2019-20 season the youngster impressed with his game management as he helped Stewart’s Melville College win the Scottish Schools Cup final at under-18 level, played for Melrose’s senior first XV and trained with the Scotland under-18s.