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8 Unexpected Pairs of Rugby Stars We Didn’t Know Were Related

3. Quade Cooper & Sean Maitland

Quade Cooper and Sean Maitland are cousins and were both born in the north of New Zealand. While Cooper moved to Brisbane in his teens and became a star of the Wallabies, Maitland headed to Christchurch to join the Canterbury Crusaders before heeding his Glaswegian grandfather’s words to remember his roots and headed for Scotland.


4. Doug Howlett & Nili Latu 

All Black Howlett and Tonga legend Latu are also cousins, sharing family on the Pacific Island.

MONTPELLIER, FRANCE – SEPTEMBER 16: Nili Latu of Tonga celebrates his teams win after match eighteen of the Rugby World Cup 2007 between Samoa and Tonga at the Stade de le Mosson on September 16, 2007 in Montpellier, France. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Nili Latu

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