We present to you a list of five sets of players that are related in the rugby world, and you probably didn’t know it.
Successful footballing names such as Vunipola (Billy and Mako), Hastings (Gavin and Scott), Youngs (Ben and Tom), Barrett (Beauden and Jordie) and Underwood (Rory and Tony) have all left their indelible mark on the beautiful game.
Sometimes football families are spread across generations too. Just think of these famous footballing father and son duos; Andy and Owen Farrell, Bryan and Cameron Redpath, George and Mike Ford and, of course, Dick and Will Greenwood.
The aforementioned names are all famous across the rugby globe for the successes they enjoyed on the field and anyone who knows a thing or two about rugby is well aware of their family connections.
However, there are loads of other relations playing the game at an elite level, ranging from brothers to cousins to fathers to the slightly more tenuous link of brothers in law.
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Rugby players you didn’t know were related
#1. 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.