Steve Morris with his twin sons Josh and Brett.
Steve Morris with his twin sons Josh and Brett.

Rugby league’s best father-son combinations

Counting down the best father-and-son combinations in rugby league since 1960:

15. FINCH: We tend to forget Brett played 330 first-grade matches, while dad Robert (right) is a two-time premiership winner at St George.

14. SIRONEN: Paul was one of the most destructive forwards of his era. Son Curtis is in career-best form and his other boy Bailey is on the rise.

13. CLEARY: Ivan and Nathan not only look the same, they are both unassuming, workmanlike characters and excellent goal kickers.

 

Panthers coach Ivan Cleary with his son Nathan Cleary. Picture: Jonathan Ng
Panthers coach Ivan Cleary with his son Nathan Cleary. Picture: Jonathan Ng

 

12. HOPOATE: Will was always going to be put under the spotlight when following in his father John's footsteps. On the field, they were like chalk and cheese.

11. HUGHES: Garry won a title at Canterbury in 1980 and his three sons Steven, Glen and Corey played in grand finals, the latter two winning premiership rings.

10. LANG: Son Martin played his entire career under his father John, at Cronulla before winning a premiership with Penrith in 2003.

9. GROTHE: They shared the same Christian name of Eric and the same desire to trample over opposition.

8. MacDOUGALL: Gill was a hard-running centre who represented NSW. His boys Ben and Luke played first grade and Adam reached the game's highest level.

7. PEARCE: We can finally say it about Wayne and Mitchell … the only father and son to win a State of Origin series.

6. SATTLER: Both have had moments that will remain in grand final folklore: dad John's broken jaw in the 1970 decider and Scott's copybook tackle in 2003.

 

Scott Sattler and John Sattler both enjoyed grand final highlights.
Scott Sattler and John Sattler both enjoyed grand final highlights.

 

5. YOUNG: Craig and Dean won premierships at the Dragons, played Origin and represented their country.

4. MULLINS: If not for injury, Bill would have played for Australia like his talented son Brett. Between them, they won four premierships.

3. RAPER: Being the son of an Immortal, John, was never going to be easy. Aaron achieved a lot during his nine-year career, including playing a Test match.

2. ROGERS: Steve (pictured) was the prince of centres, one of the all-time greats. His son Mat certainly made his old man proud with a brilliant career spanning 17 seasons.

1. MORRIS: Steve and his sons Brett and Josh have played a combined 787 first-grade matches, scoring a phenomenal 415 tries between them. They won premierships, played Origin and represented their country.

News Corp Australia


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