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

7. Nigel Owens & Ioan Nicholas

Scarlets and Wales U20 centre Ioan Nicholas is the cousin of top referee Nigel Owens.

8. John Ashworth and Brodie Retallick

Brodie, who has 72 caps for the All Blacks, won the Rugby World Cup in 2015 and was the winner of World Rugby Player of the Year in 2014 and is the award’s youngest ever winner. His uncle, John, played 52 matches for the All Blacks between 1977 and 1985.

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND – SEPTEMBER 13: Brodie Retallick of the All Blacks carries the ball in a maul during The Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the South Africa Springboks at Westpac Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

8. Maro Itoje & Ollie Thorley

Gloucester speedster Thorley is Itoje’s cousin, after his grandfather re-married a Nigerian woman who is the Saracens lock’s aunt.

Gallagher Premiership Player of the Month for November 2018 is Gloucester Rugby’s, Ollie Thorley, who poses on Monday 10th December 2018 at Hartpury Training Ground, Gloucestershire, England. – PHOTO: Phil Mingo/PPAUK

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