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Sunday 22 September 2019

Sibling rivalry: Rugby brothers chase same spot

In ‘Lineout’ magazine, free with the Irish Independent today, Ruaidhri O’Connor talks to Ross (left) and Harry Byrne (right), the sibling out-halves who may soon take their friendly rivalry from backyard battles to competing for the green No 10 jersey
In ‘Lineout’ magazine, free with the Irish Independent today, Ruaidhri O’Connor talks to Ross (left) and Harry Byrne (right), the sibling out-halves who may soon take their friendly rivalry from backyard battles to competing for the green No 10 jersey

Rugby has a strong tradition of brothers in arms.

It's the Barretts in New Zealand, the Underwoods in England or the Kearneys and Wallaces here in Ireland.

Rarely, however, do two siblings compete for the same position.

In 'Lineout' magazine, free with the Irish Independent today, Ruaidhri O'Connor talks to Ross and Harry Byrne, the sibling out-halves who may soon take their friendly rivalry from backyard battles to competing for the green No 10 jersey.

Ross and Harry haven't had to think about vying for the Leinster spot yet - but the day is coming.

Ross (24), the starting No 10 and full international who delivered the winning kick in the Champions Cup quarter-final win over Ulster, and Harry (20), the star out-half on Ireland's remarkable U-20 Grand Slam side, are alike in features and play a similar game, having emerged from the St Michael's College production line.

"Yeah, he's moving to 12 if he wants to stay at Leinster," Ross said with a smile before Harry quipped: "I say it to him most days, to be honest: I'm coming for you!"

Also in 'Lineout', there's an unmissable guide for supporters heading to Newcastle for the Challenge and Champions Cup finals with tips from former Ireland international Mike McCarthy, who now lives there.

Irish Independent

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