Brodie Retallick Rugby World Cup: Second cousins scrap it out for Wallabies’ starting hooker berth

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Brodie Retallick Wallabies hooker Folau Fainga'a is competing with second cousin Tolu Latu for the starting No.2 jersey.

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Wallabies hooker Folau Fainga’a is competing with second cousin Tolu Latu for the starting No.2 jersey.

Missing out on a Rugby World Cup start against Fiji will sting for most players in the Wallabies squad, but there is a comfort blanket for hookers Tolu Latu and Folau Fainga’a.

The pair are second cousins and share a supportive bond that would be rare for any players battling for the same position in test rugby.

Both are likely to be in the 23 for Saturday’s pool opener at Sapporo.

Fainga’a insists he won’t be put out if his older relative wins the No.2 jersey, as he is favoured to do.

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Brodie Retallick Australia's Tolu Latu makes a run during a Wallabies' training session in Odawara.

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Australia’s Tolu Latu makes a run during a Wallabies’ training session in Odawara.

“Starting, not starting, on the bench, whoever’s got that jersey on, it’s just do your best for the team,” he told journalists at the Wallabies t

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