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Brothers in arms: Niall and Rory Scannell on childhood scraps, making it at Munster and a magical day in New Jersey

Brothers in arms - Part 2

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Brothers in arms: Niall and Rory Scannell, pictured at Munster’s High Performance Centre in UL, are keen to win silverware with the province. Photo: Don Moloney

Brothers in arms: Niall and Rory Scannell, pictured at Munster’s High Performance Centre in UL, are keen to win silverware with the province. Photo: Don Moloney

Don Moloney

Brothers in arms: Niall and Rory Scannell, pictured at Munster’s High Performance Centre in UL, are keen to win silverware with the province. Photo: Don Moloney

Having spent much of the conversation biting his tongue as he listened to his older brother Niall recount childhood stories, some more embarrassing than others, a wry smile is slowly etched across Rory Scannell's face.

For a player who specialises in timing his runs on the pitch, Rory does the same off it, as he sits quietly and takes the kind of slagging that only an older sibling can dish out.

Suddenly, the penny drops as to why Niall is so eager to get his punches in first.