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.
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.