Saturday 18 November 2017

Munster's Scannell brothers will make incredible piece of history if capped during Six Nations

Rory and Niall Scannell in action for Munster
Rory and Niall Scannell in action for Munster

Tom Rooney

According to the number crunchers at ESPN, Ireland holds the record for the most sets of brothers capped by a Tier One nation so, if Munster’s Scannell siblings, Niall and Rory, get the nod during the forthcoming Six Nations they will make a little bit of history in the process.

Such has been their performances during Munster’s compelling resurgence this season, the Scannell brothers, along with teammate Andrew Conway, made up the three uncapped players called into Joe Schmidt’s extended Six Nations panel.

Niall has been a dynamic and brutish presence at hooker for the southern province, while Rory’s creative spark and nous in midfield has wonderfully complimented the physicality of Springbok Jaco Taute.

With Sean Cronin injured, Niall may deputise for Rory Best, and Rory is currently being put through his paces as third choice out-half, though if Johnny Sexton’s calf ailment doesn’t subside, he may be bumped up a notch in the pecking order.

Of course, in the modern era, many members of the same clan have worn the green jersey with distinction.

Skipper Best packed down in the front row with big brother Simon, the Kearney brothers had pivotal roles in Ireland’s consecutive Championship wins, while forwards coach Simon Easterby played alongside his brother Guy, now the Leinster team manager.

The Wallaces, David, Richard and Paul, were tremendous operators – and all three of them Lions. They are one of ten trios of brothers to play for Ireland, while 40 pairs have also been selected over the years. See full list here

If the Scannell boys are called up, they will be the 51st set of brothers to line out for Ireland. It would be quite the achievement.

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