Brumbies player Scott Sio, left,and his younger brother Patrick, who will be training with the squad in pre-season. Photo: Graham TidyRugby’s Sio brothers Scott and Patrick have only ever played together once, but they hope the second time will be in an ACT Brumbies jersey.
Prop Scott has been at the Super Rugby club for two years and has been joined by younger brother Patrick for this pre-season.
Nineteen-year-old Patrick caught the Brumbies’ eye and was invited to train with the group until Christmas with the view to potentially joining the extended playing squad for the 2015 season.
While a large group of Brumbies are on the Wallabies’ European spring tour, Patrick came to Canberra three weeks ago to try to take his game to another level.
The back-rower will return to play with his Shute Shield club Eastwood next year and the Brumbies will watch his progress.
A strong season could result in him playing alongside his brother the following year.
”That’d be great [to play for the Brumbies with Scott],” Patrick said. ”I think I’ve only played one game with Scotty and that was many years ago.
”I’m looking forward to it, he’s always good to play with.
”He’s reached the pinnacle of rugby now so he’s not a bad guy to hang around with I guess, even if he is your brother.”
The Sio family turned Phillips Park, in Lidcombe in suburban Sydney, into a training ground, with father David leading the way.
David played prop for Samoa at the 1991 World Cup and has been a large part of his sons’ rugby development.
It was there they developed into a Wallabies prop with the potential for a long international career and a budding young back-rower keen to secure a Super Rugby contract.
Now Scott is also a mentor for his younger sibling.
”When we were young our dad used to run a lot of Sunday sessions, invite all of our very close friends and run us through skills and fitness,” Scott said. ”Any time we wanted to do extras we’d go down to the park and that’s where we still do our extras to this day, trying to improve our game.
”A lot of blood sweat and tears in that park, but it’s all been worth it in the end.”
Scott wants his younger brother to get as much as he can out of the opportunity with the Brumbies.
”Hopefully maybe we’ll pull on the jersey together one day, which would be amazing, but for him it’s really about where his opportunities lie and if that’s here, that’s great, but if it’s elsewhere I’ll support him 100 per cent,” Scott said.
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