LIST: Rugby players you didn’t know are actually related
There are certain families for whom playing football at an exceptionally high level seems to just come naturally.
Successful footballing brothers such as the Vunipola’s (Billy and Mako), the Underwood’s (Rory & Tony), the Hasting’s (Gavin and Scott), the Umaga’s (Mike & Tana) and the Gray’s (Jonny & Richie) amongst others have all left their indelible mark on the beautiful game.
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.
Here are such players who you may be surprised are related (even if just a little bit).
1. Beno Obano & Maro Itoje
There is a picture on Beno Obano’s Instagram account of his mother, Patricia, holding him and Maro Itoje together as babies. Born three days apart, the cousins this week took part in a senior England training camp together for the first time.