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Since Queensland Rugby’s inception in the late 1800s, there have been a number of great brother pairings who have donned the Queensland jersey together. This Friday night will see a new addition added to this list, with both Jack and James Tuttle named in the match-day 23 for the St.George Queensland Reds’ match against the Brumbies in Canberra.
For Jack, who has been named to start at fullback, the match will see him make his Queensland and Super Rugby debut. James couldn’t be happier for his brother.
“It’s really exciting, we haven’t played together since School when we were in First XV together at Nudgee,” James said.
“It’s great that he gets his opportunity in the Reds line up this weekend in the match against the Brumbies.”
Having only arrived back in Australia on Tuesday morning after a month in England for the World Rugby U20s Championship, Australian U20s captain James said the chance to play with his brother was a great surprise to return home to.
“It was a awesome surprise to come back to Australia with. I didn’t think I’d be in the frame for these last three games so it’s great to have Jack in the squad and hopefully we can get some game time together over the next three weeks.”
Joining the Reds at the tale end of 2015, after finishing his stint with the Broncos U20s, Jack went under the knife for a shoulder reconstruction that kept him sidelined until the final weekend of May, where he made his return to Rugby for Norths in their BLK Queensland Premier Rugby clash against Bond University.
With a further four games of Premier Rugby under his belt, his call up to the Reds came a lot sooner than he expected.
“My time with Norths over the last month or so has been good,” said Jack.
“It’s been much shorter that I expected it to be but I’m really happy that this opportunity has come up and I’m going to seize it with both hands and make the most of it on Friday night.”
With the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship (NRC) in his sights, Jack’s ascension to the Reds match-day squad has come about with injuries to both Karmichael Hunt and Ayumu Goromaru.
“I was focused on getting my body right for the NRC, but you have to put yourself in the right position at the right time and if things fall your way you have to take your opportunities when they come.”
With James already having featured for the Reds in 2016, he has been in his brother’s ear helping prepare him for the match against the Brumbies.
“James has been into me all week about learning the plays. He has been really encouraging in terms of getting my body right and ensuring I’ve all the necessary knowledge heading into the game,” Jack said.
The Queensland Reds play the Brumbies at GIO Stadium in Canberra this Friday at 7:45pm AEST.
With Jack and James set to play together for Queensland this Friday, redsrugby.com.au taking a look back at some of Queensland Rugby’s favourite siblings.
Just as a love for Rugby runs deep in families, so too can proficiency, proportions and pride. Over Queensland Rugby’s 134 years, a list of siblings who grew up and trained together all the way to State representation is slowly growing.
Fainga’a Brothers – 2000s
Twins Saia and Anthony Fainga’a debuted together for Queensland on their birthday, against South Africa’s Bulls in 2009.
They form the most prolific sibling pairing in Queensland Rugby history, with many of their 180-plus combined caps being played alongside each other.
The pinnacle of their shared games is becoming Super Rugby champions in 2011 after holding off the mighty Canterbury Crusaders at Suncorp Stadium
In the 2011 Rugby World Cup they became the third set of twins to represent Australia and assisted the side to a third-place final.
Kefu Brothers – 2000s
Toutai and Steve are the sons of Tongan Test centre Fatai Kefu, who had faced Australia at Ballymore in 1973 – the same day Queensland legend Mark Loane debuted for Australia.
Moving to Brisbane shortly after the Test, Fatai established a Rugby dynasty with his five Rugby playing sons.
After four seasons as Queensland’s powerhouse Number 8, Toutai Kefu welcomed his younger brother Steve off the bench and onto the Ballymore field in a trial match against the Auckland Blues in 2000.
Described as the “rapier to his older brother’s broadsword”, Steve’s quick feet and evasive runs earned him a call-up to join Toutai at Wallabies training in 2001.
Injury hampered Steve’s Wallabies career, while Toutai notched up 60 caps and 50 points for his country.
The brothers continued to apply their renowned combination of speed and power for Queensland until the 2003 Super Rugby season.
Cockbain Brothers – 1990s
Country boys Brent (122kg & 203cm) and Matt (105kg & 197cm) Cockbain typify Queensland’s daunting 90s stock. Older bother Matt was added to the QRU stables in 1995 with Brent following briefly in 1997.
Tall and versatile with technical brilliance, the pair both went on to international renown.
Matt’s thrilling tenure as Wallaby lock/flanker was crowned by the 1999 Rugby World Cup victory, and Brent turned his successful stints with London Irish, Celtic Warriors and Ospreys into 24 games for Wales and a spot on the 2005 British and Irish Lions Tour.
Herbert Brothers – 1980s, 1990s
Strapping GPS weapons Anthony and Daniel Herbert first combined for Queensland against South Africa’s Border in May 1993.
The versatile centres bolstered their club, state and national defensive lines, while providing the attacking ability which made the sides so feared throughout the 1990s.
Anthony paved the way, debuting for Australian at the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987.
Younger brother Daniel followed, exploding past his brother’s legacy and forcing his way into Australia’s stinging centre combination of Tim Horan and Jason Little.
Anthony earned 67 state and 10 national caps, While Daniel amassed 124 caps for Queensland and 67 for Australia during a golden era which saw him celebrate Rugby World Cup, British & Irish Lions, Tri-Nations Trophy and five consecutive Bledisloe Cup victories.
Lawton Brothers – 1980s
Thomas Lawton Jnr and his younger brother Robert, grandsons of Brisbane Grammar School’s greatest sportsman and Rhodes Scholar, continued the family tradition of on-field excellence. Thomas, a “behemoth with speed”, made any scrum he was a part of feared and will forever be considered one of Australia’s greatest hookers.
Robert forced his way into Queensland’s world-class front row sporting Dan Crowley, Cameron Lillicrap and Andy McIntyre to take the field next to his older brother for Queensland in 1986 against Middlesex while on tour in England.
McLean Brothers – 1970s
The McLean family has been a prolific nursery of Queensland representatives since Doug McLean took the field in 1900. Even with seven descendants following him into battle for Queensland so far, it took 73 years for McLean siblings to play together for their state.
The 1973 season was a prelude to Queensland’s rise to the greatest provincial side in the world. In the first game, against Sydney, a young Paul McLean replaced David Withers to join fellow debutants Mark Loane, Tony Shaw and Dick Cocks and brother Jeff McLean.
Winger Jeff earned 46 state caps including wins over Fiji, Combined Services, British Isles, Scotland and California as well as every Australian state side.
Paul took Jeff’s momentum and ran with it, taking Queensland to wins over Japan, every provincial New Zealand side and the 1980 All Blacks over the course of his remarkable 100 cap state career.
Bett Brothers – 1940s, 1950s
Only one year splits formidable brothers Kevin and Neil ‘Tiny’ Betts. The pair formed a renowned forward duo in Queensland’s Club scene for Souths.
Chilla Wilson, a feared University forward took an opportunity in a game against Souths in the late 40s to line up and whack Kevin. Wilson’s crime was swiftly punished by an enraged Neil. The Varsity coach Fergus Wilson saw the incident and urgently informed his players - “Never hit one of the Bett boys until you know what the other is doing.”
Warbrick Brothers – 1890s
Two of the five Warbrick brothers who amazed the Rugby world while on the extensive 107 match New Zealand Natives Tour of 1888-1889 went on to play for Queensland.
One, William Warbrick, took his unrivalled experience of international Rugby and shared it as coach of the first ever Wallabies Test in June 1899.
14 DECEMBER 2018