Paul and Richard Moriarty. Andy and Steve Moore. Nicky and Jamie Robinson. Aled and Nathan Brew.
Retaining rugby within the household is nothing new.
Two siblings throughout the similar sport will not be a rarity, three just a little extra so; Scott, Craig and Gavin Quinnell an rare instance.
How about 4 brothers all taking part in in the identical Welsh rugby workforce? You will not discover many cuttings citing that instance.
However that is precisely what occurred when Rhodri, Rhys, Elis and Steffan Griffiths took to the sector for Felinfoel RFC on the weekend.
The quartet from Llanelli made rugby-mad dad and mom Eryl, who has been the membership’s minute secretary for 10 years, and Fran very proud by lastly working out collectively, within the second workforce.
Three of the Griffiths brothers – Rhodri, 30, Rhys, 29, and 21-year-old Elis – have performed for the membership all through their lives however there was no underneath 8s workforce for youngest brother Steffan, now aged 18, so he joined Llanelli Wanderers earlier than transferring to Bynea the place he has loved taking part in rugby ever since.
Nonetheless, the household have been eager to discover a method to get the 4 boys in the identical workforce earlier than the older boys cling up their boots and the membership’s 2nd XV was the right answer.
Dad Eryl stated: “Fran and I have been very proud dad and mom to see all 4 boys prove for Felinfoel, the membership that has been such an enormous a part of our lives for thus lengthy since transferring from Pontyberem.
“Massive due to Bynea who allowed us to allow Steffan, and to Nantgaredig who gave us all an excellent welcome.
“We received the match, however that was secondary on the day – second XV rugby is rather more in regards to the social aspect of the sport.
“Steffan has at all times loved his time at Bynea and so they have been superb to him, however he performed very properly on Saturday and I feel he loved taking part in along with his brothers a lot, he could also be tempted to come back again to the membership in the future!”
Sadly, mum Fran was away on the weekend and missed Saturday’s match, but when Steffan follows the well-trodden household path again to King George’s Area, there could also be extra household celebrations in years to come back.
His three elder brothers have ‘Viva La Foel’ tattooed so solely time will inform if he’ll observe swimsuit, however every brother additionally has a ‘Brodyr Griff’ inking to point out household comes first.
Eryl added: “Second workforce rugby actually does construct communities. It’s a good way to bridge totally different age teams, expertise and talents and it’s definitely having fun with a resurgence on this space because the change in WRU youth rugby age guidelines.
“At Felinfoel, the gamers who would have been taking part in third 12 months of youth rugby this season have moved up into the second workforce which suggests the seconds are actually flourishing. We’re seeing that in different golf equipment on this space too which is nice as a result of second groups are such an essential a part of a membership, each by way of the transition between youth and first workforce rugby and from a social perspective. We stayed at Nant for a few hours earlier than going again to our clubhouse and that’s essential earnings for golf equipment too, particularly after the final 18 months.”