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Wallabies front-rowers enjoy family ties

By Adrian Warren 27/05/2010 10:14:50 PM Comments (0)

Wallabies selection was a real family affair for uncapped front-rowers Saia Faingaa, Ben Daley and Huia Edmonds.

Queensland hooker Faingaa, 23, was part of a triple-headed sibling celebration after his naming in Robbie Deans's 30-man squad for next month's Tests against Fiji, England and Ireland.

His twin Anthony was chosen in a 10-man Australian Barbarians' squad, after their younger brother Colby had been picked in the national under-20s team for the coming junior world championship.

"My mum and dad were just over the moon, especially having Anthony in the Barbarians, myself in the Wallabies squad and Colby in the 20s," Saia Faingaa said.

"It is a very exciting time for our family."

The term family has equal resonance Faingaa's Reds front-row partner Ben Daley.

For Daley, 21, his selection represented national team recognition for a second generation of his family after father Phil played rugby league for NSW and Australia in the 1980s.

"He (Phil) has been a rock during my career," Daley told AAP.

"He's been there, he's seen the pitfalls and the shortcomings and the triumphs."

Daley said he had no regrets about choosing union over league, especially since the Blues went "a little bit poorly" in Wednesday's State of Origin opener.

With senior hookers Stephen Moore and Tatafu Polota-Nau both under injury clouds, Faingaa will vie with the Brumbies' Edmonds for the starting spot in the early-season internationals.

Edmonds, 28, will be the second member of his family to don a Wallabies jersey, following his five-eighth-playing older brother Manny, who boasts two Test appearances.

Manny left the NSW Waratahs to finish his career in France, while Huia also spent time overseas, appearing for South African side Western Province in the Currie Cup and the Stormers in the Super competition.

"I would never take it back, it was a good decision for me. It made me grow up a little bit," Edmonds said of his time in South Africa.

"When I left Australia in 2005, I didn't think I'd come back, but I got the opportunity to come back with the Brumbies and I've made the most of it."

Deans said he intended to give all five uncapped front-rowers, including Brumbies prop Salesi Ma'afu and Queensland tighthead Laurie Weeks, playing time for either the Wallabies or the Barbarians.

Deans said he was delighted to see the Wallabies' front-row stocks on the rise.

"We are building depth," Deans said.

"We are coming into a great era of front-rowers."

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