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 inside the identical sport shouldn’t be a rarity, three a bit of extra so; Scott, Craig and Gavin Quinnell an rare instance.
How about 4 brothers all enjoying in the identical Welsh rugby staff? 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 mother and father Eryl, who has been the membership’s minute secretary for 10 years, and Fran very proud by lastly working out collectively, within the second staff.
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 beneath 8s staff for youngest brother Steffan, now aged 18, so he joined Llanelli Wanderers earlier than transferring to Bynea the place he has loved enjoying rugby ever since.
Nonetheless, the household have been eager to discover a technique to get the 4 boys in the identical staff earlier than the older boys dangle up their boots and the membership’s 2nd XV was the right resolution.
Dad Eryl stated: “Fran and I have been very proud mother and father to see all 4 boys end up for Felinfoel, the membership that has been such a giant a part of our lives for thus lengthy since transferring from Pontyberem.
“Large because of Bynea who allowed us to allow Steffan, and to Nantgaredig who gave us all an important welcome.
“We received the match, however that was secondary on the day – second XV rugby is far more in regards to the social aspect of the sport.
“Steffan has at all times loved his time at Bynea they usually have been superb to him, however he performed very properly on Saturday and I believe he loved enjoying along with his brothers a lot, he could also be tempted to come back again to the membership someday!”
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 Discipline, 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 indicate household comes first.
Eryl added: “Second staff rugby actually does construct communities. It’s an effective way to bridge completely 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 enjoying third 12 months of youth rugby this season have moved up into the second staff which suggests the seconds at the moment are 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 vital a part of a membership, each by way of the transition between youth and first staff rugby and from a social viewpoint. We stayed at Nant for a few hours earlier than going again to our clubhouse and that’s vital revenue for golf equipment too, particularly after the final 18 months.”