Jacobson Brothers 2

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First, we look at the siblings who play for the same province.



The Goodhue’s: Whilst we know Jack is currently in Japan with the All Blacks, his twin brother Josh has been in action for the Taniwha up until a couple of weeks ago when he got injured. The Goodhue twins were born in Whangarei and were raised on a farm in Whananaki. Their older brother Cameron played one game for the Blues, before moving overseas to play in the English Premiership.  

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The Cowley-Tuioti’s: Both Gerard and Xavier are in the North Harbour squad in 2019. Gerard’s gone onto make 36 appearances for the Blues, whilst his younger brother Xavier is biding his time with Harbour in the Mitre 10 Cup.


The Inisi’s: No 8 Lotu and second five-eighth Fine are in their debut season with North Harbour. The brothers dominated for the Westlake Boys First XV at high school.



The Ioane’s: Rieko and Akira are proud Aucklander’s. Both educated at Auckland Grammar, their mother, Sandra Wihongi is a former Black Fern and their father Eddie played for Samoa at the 1992 Rugby World Cup. Akira has been a regular for Auckland this season, while Rieko played one game for his provincial union before linking up with the All Blacks for the World Cup in Japan.

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The Demant’s: Ruahei and Kiritapu have been carving up for the Auckland Storm in the Farah Palmer Cup this year. The duo, who both play for the Black Ferns, linked up to score a great try last weekend against the Wellington Pride. Ruahei has a Law & Arts degree, while Kiri is a talented hairdresser. They both attended Mahurangi College in Warkworth.

The Itunu’s: Linda and Aldora are well known in rugby circles. Flanker Linda hung up her international boots with the Black Ferns last year but is having one last hurrah with the Storm as skipper in 2019. Whilst Aldora has been out with injury this year, the impressive prop has made 37 appearances for the Storm and 20 Tests for the Black Ferns.




The Royal’s: Hooker Joseph and prop Mark have been menacing for the Steelers in 2019. Older brother, Joe played for North Harbour and Bay of Plenty before joining Counties and he’s made six appearances for the Maori All Blacks.


The Aiono’s: Aiono is a well known name in the Counties region. Glory and Jacqui are both in the Counties Manukau Heat side this year. Jacqui plays prop and her younger sister Glory, who is still at school at Aorere College is a flanker. Their older brother is Sam Aiono, who has previously played for the Steelers.



The Jacobson’s: New All Black Luke and his older brother Mitch are the first brothers to play for Waikato in over two decades. At the start of the season, they had already notched up 47 matches together. Mitch, 23, and Luke 22 played together in the First XV for Cambridge High School. Their older brother, Kane, is playing for Northland this year, but is currently sidelined through injury.


The Gaby-Sutherland’s: Loose forward Ashlee Gaby-Sutherland is the vice-captain of Waikato this year, while her younger sister Tazmin made her debut at lock against Auckland in their opening game of the Farah Palmer Cup this year.



The Boshier’s: A very talented brother combination. Older brother Lachlan captained the New Plymouth Boys High School First XV before going on to play for Taranaki and then the Chiefs. In 2014 he was part of the New Zealand Under 20s team. 20 year-old Kaylum is not only a good rugby player, but he captained the New Zealand Under 19 cricket team in 2019. He also followed in his brother’s footsteps and played for the Under 20’s this year.



The Naholo’s: Waisake Naholo needs no introduction. The former All Blacks winger has been a mainstay for Taranaki since making his debut 2011. At just 18, he played in the Heartland Championship for Wanganui. He is playing alongside his younger brother Kiniviliame at the Bulls. Rumour has it that the younger Naholo scored 40 tries in 20 games for Hastings Boys’ High School’s First XV in 2017.




The Sturmey’s: The Manawatu Cyclones squad includes lock Kahurangi and winger Rangi-Marie, who are both in their maiden Farah Palmer Cup season. The duo made their Cyclones debuts off the bench against Counties Manukau in their opening game earlier this month.


The Tipene’s: There are two sets of sisters in the Cyclones squad in 2019. Khali and Samantha Tipene, who play hooker and loose forward respectively have notched up over 60 caps between them. They are the third and fourth most-capped players in the current side.



The Proctor’s: The gifted midfielders, Matt and Billy play alongside each other for the Wellington Lions. The 26 year-old and 20 year-olds are both products of St Patrick’s College in Wellington. Earlier this year, younger brother Billy, who has played for the New Zealand Under 20s, signed an historic deal with the Hurricanes. He penned a five-year deal, the longest contract the Hurricanes have ever offered a player. Meanwhile, Matt signed a three-year deal with the Northampton Saints.



The Garden-Bachop’s: Connor and Jackson have rugby in their blood. Their father, Stephen Bachop and Uncle, Graeme, both played for the All Blacks, while their mother, Sue Garden-Bachop played and coached the Black Ferns. Younger brother, Connor, recently signed with the Highlanders for next year’s Super Rugby season, while Jackson has had an impressive Mitre 10 Cup season. He’s kicked 14 consecutive goals and sits ninth on Wellington’s leading points scorers list, with 452.


The Umaga-Jensen’s: Wainuiomata twins Peter and Thomas have very bright futures. Peter has played all seven of the Lions’ fixtures this year, while Thomas has featured in four. Peter debuted for Wellington in 2016, and he’s played for the Hurricanes and New Zealand Under 20s. Thomas has made seven appearances for the Highlanders. They are the nephews of Tana Umaga.



The Hopoi’s: No 8 Emma and prop Losaline Hopai are both in their debut seasons for the Pride. It was a special moment when they both debuted together in their last outing against the Auckland Storm at Eden Park on Sunday.



The Taumoli’s: Both Barbra and Janet play prop for the Pride as well as the Oriental-Rongotai club. Barbra is in her debut season for Wellington, while her older sister Janet has made more than 20 appearances.



The Moli’s: Sam and Atu Moli played their first game together for the Tasman Mako in their convincing win over Manawatu earlier this year. It was Atu’s first game for the union, after he joined the province from Waikato. Sam wasn’t originally named in the Mako squad for the season but has impressed on a number of occasions at hooker. He’s played 4 games in 2019, while his brother is in Japan with the All Blacks for the Rugby World Cup.  




The Faingaanuku’s: These brothers have been causing all sorts of havoc for their opponents out on the wing. 19 year-old Leicester made his Crusaders debut this year and also played for the New Zealand Under 20s. He’s followed in the footsteps of his older brother Lotima, who debuted for the Crusaders last year and also played for the NZ Under 20s. He is currently contracted to Perpignan in the French Top 14. They have scored six tries between them for Tasman in 2019.


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The Whitelock’s: We couldn’t not mention the Whitelock brothers. All four brothers – George, Adam, Sam and Luke, have played for Canterbury. Although, it’s just Luke who remains a constant, and the captain for the red and blacks. All Blacks lock Sam is still contracted, but obviously isn’t playing this season.


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The Bremner’s: Chelsea and Alana are trusty locks out of Canterbury. They both play for Lincoln University and have notched up over 50 games between them. Chelsea, 23 and Alana 22, attended a Black Ferns training camp last year.


The Curtis’s: The Curtis twins, Sam and Taylor are originally from Nelson, but both wear the Canterbury jersey proudly. They have played over 30 Farah Palmer Cup games for the province between them.



The Hollows: Tegan Hollows leads the Otago Spirit at hooker and her younger sister, Sam, plays in the midfield. Whilst the play together for the provincial union, they come up against each other at club level. Tegan plays for University, while Sam is with Taieri.


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The Mitchell’s: Brayden first made his Stags debut 10 years ago. But in 2014 made the move up North to Waikato. He only stayed there for two seasons, before moving back to Southland in 2016. Unfortunately, a serious neck injury forced him to miss the entire 2018 Mitre 10 Cup season, but he’s bounced back this year to captain the side to their first win in three years. His younger brother Morgan, lines up alongside him in the front row at prop. Morgan has played for the New Zealand Under 17s and the New Zealand Deaf Blacks.



This section is for all the siblings who play in the Mitre 10 Cup and Farah Palmer Cup, but they play for different provincial unions and also those who aren’t currently playing.


The Molia’s: Sione Molia plays for the All Blacks Sevens, whilst his sister Lisa plays for the Counties Manukau Heat. Sione previously played for the Steelers.


The Te Tamaki’s: Terina Te Tamaki is in the Black Ferns Sevens, while her brother, Isaac Te Tamaki plays for Southland and has previously played for the All Blacks Sevens.


The Blyde’s: Michaela Blyde is also in the Black Ferns Sevens. She was named World Rugby Women’s Sevens player of the year in both 2017 and 2018. Her younger brother Liam recently made his Mitre 10 Cup debut for Taranaki.


The Faleafaga’s: Younger sister Dhys plays for the Black Ferns Sevens and Lyric debuted this year for the Wellington Pride.


The Ormond’s: Both Jackson and Lewis Ormond have played for the All Blacks Sevens. After playing 57 times for Taranaki, Jackson joined Southland last year. But he’s since returned to Taranaki in 2019. Younger brother Lewis, 25, has been with the Stags since 2017.


The Mafileo’s: Sione Mafileo, 26, plays for North Harbour and recently brought up his 50th. He also plays for the Blues, while his 21 year-old brother Tevita plays for Bay of Plenty and the Chiefs.


The Lam's: Another very popular rugby name. Ben Lam previously played for the All Blacks Sevens and currently plays for the Wellington Lions. His younger brother AJ plays for Auckland in the Mitre 10 Cup.


The Lienert-Brown’s: Anton, who is also currently in Japan with the All Blacks, is still in the Waikato squad. His older brother, Daniel plays prop for Canterbury.


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The McKenzie’s: Marty McKenzie, the older brother of Damian, plays pivot for Southland. Damian’s season-ending knee injury has kept him out of action for Waikato in the Mitre 10 Cup (and the All Blacks Rugby World Cup campaign).


The Tucker’s: James Tucker is a lock/loose forward with Waikato and his little brother Will is based down south with Canterbury.


The Mikaele-Tu’u's: Marino Mikaele-Tu’u plays loose forward for the Hawke’s Bay Magpies as well as the Highlanders. Earlier this month, his younger sister Liana, who is also a loosie made her debut for the Tui.


The Ngata-Aerengamate’s: It’s a well known last name in the women's game. Older sister Te Kura is the Northland Kauri and Black Ferns hooker. Her sister, Te Amohaere plays lock for the Wellington Pride.


The Nankivell’s: Tyler Nankivell who plays for the Northland Kauri is the older sister of Daynah, who is in her first year with the Auckland Storm.


The Tu’ungafasi’s: Ofa and Isi used to play together for Auckland, but younger brother Isi has since moved north to the Taniwha.

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The Barrett’s Whilst we know all three Barrett brothers, Beauden, Scott and Jordie are with the All Blacks in Japan. It’s worth mentioning that they all plied their trade with Taranaki, as well as older brother Kane.





The Tufuga’s: There are four Tufuga brothers who play for Wairarapa Bush in the Heartland Championship. Kirk, Max, Sam and Ueta all make the hour-long trip every week from Palmerston North to Masterton.



The record number of siblings to play for one team is FIVE.


The Smith’s: (George, William, Campbell, Sonny and Gordon) of the old Bush union who played together once in 1903.


The Clarke’s: Clarke brothers of Waikato all took the field together twice, with all five (Don, Ian, Doug, Brian and Graeme) starting against Thames Valley in 1961 and all being on the field together in the 1962 Ranfurly Shield challenge against Auckland.


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