This edition of Set Of Six is looking at six sets of brothers who played together at the same club at the same time.
David & Paul March – Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
Born in Thornhill, the March twins represented Wakefield from 1998 to 2007 and played together from 1999 until 2001 as well is in 2007 after Paul returned from a spell at Huddersfield. Making over 250 appearances for the club (David 197, Paul 78) and amassing over 500 points they were key components of the Wildcats side in the early stages of Super League. The pair were reunited in 2010 when they both represented Hunslet Hawks.
Henry & Robbie Paul – Bradford Bulls
Robbie Paul was already a household name at Odsal having captained the Bulls to the Super League title in 1997 losing just two games after they’d already been crowned Champions. The Tokoroa born scrum half/full back was the first player to score a hat-trick in a Wembley Challenge Cup final in 1996 but still ended up on the losing side.
In 1999, Robbie was joined at the Bulls by older brother Henry who signed from Wigan. In his brief stint at the club he broke the club record for points in a season and kicked a World record 35 consecutive goals. The pair won the 2000 Challenge Cup and were runners-up in 2001, as well as playing in both the 1999 and 2001 Grand Finals losing to St Helens in 1999 before beating Wigan in Henry’s 100th and final game for the club. Robbie went on to represent the club over 200 times and scored over 200 tries.
David & Paul Hulme – Widnes
From 1980 to 1996, the Hulme name was synonymous with the Widnes club as David represented the Chemics from 1980 and younger brother Paul from 1982. The pair played their part in the finest moment in the clubs history when they beat the Canberra Raiders at Old Trafford to win the World Club Challenge. David scoring a try and winning the man of the match. The pair also played in the clubs Premiership success over St Helens in 1988 with David again winning the man of the match award.
In 1993, Paul skippered the club to the Challenge Cup final where they were beaten by Wigan.
Martin & Mark Gleeson – Warrington Wolves
The less famous of the brothers in arms in the primrose and blue saw Mark Gleeson joined at Warrington by his older brother after the Great Britain centre was signed from St Helens. Martin scored 44 tries for the club in his 110 appearances until 2009 before signing for Wigan. Mark made 141 appearances scoring 12 tries before he moved to Halifax.
Nathan & Jason Cayless – Parramatta Eels
Over in the NRL, New Zealand Internationals Nathan and Jason Cayless packed down together at Parramatta from 2000 – 2002. Jason played 24 times for the Eels before moving to the Sydney Roosters. Older brother Nathan however made 259 appearances for his only club scoring 28 tries and captaining the blue and yellows for an NRL record 217 times. He also captained the New Zealand national side to World Cup glory in 2008.
Joel & Sam Tomkins – Wigan Warriors
Before his big money move to Rugby Union, Joel Tomkins was a regular in the Wigan side from 2005 and appeared over 100 times in the Wigan colours. Younger brother Sam joined him in the first team in 2009 and also became a regular feature. The pair famously linked up for a try in the 2011 Challenge Cup Final which was scored by Joel and has been likened to the try scored by Martin Offiah in 1994. As the older brother, Joel would be seen to protect his brother on a number of occasions however the roles were reversed in a match against Hull FC when Joel was sent off for fighting and Sam was later banned for running in.
The twosome became a threesome during the 2011 season when the youngest brother Logan was called into the first team squad, however the trio never played together at the same time.