Scotland v Portugal to be family affair

(Rugby News Service) Sunday 9 September 2007
By Julie Clothier
From Saint-Etienne
Scotland v Portugal to be family affair
A big happy family

SAINT-ETIENNE, 8 September - Three sets of brothers, including twins, will be in the starting line-ups for the second Pool C match between Scotland and Portugal on Sunday.

For Scotland, full-back Rory Lamont, 24, will be playing alongside his brother Sean on the wing. Sean is older by 22 months.

"Obviously coming into the team after Sean had established himself for my debut international cap was pretty special having him alongside me," Rory said. 

"I had a two-year absence from rugby due to a shoulder injury where I didn't have any starts but now being at the rugby world cup is a dream come true."

Sean said the pair had a competitive but supportive relationship. "We used to be really bad. We used to fight unbelievably when we lived under the same roof. It's more of a supportive rivalry now, but we still have our moments."

For Portugal, captain and number 8 Vasco Uva will be playing alongside his brother second row Gonçalo Uva. Their cousin, flanker João Uva, will also be on the field.

"The whole team is a family. We have played together for four years. When we are on the field I don't look at my brother and my cousin as my family. We are all a team and I don't treat them any differently. I am the captain and we are all family," Vasco Uva said.

The three Uvas are cousins of Margarida Sousa Uva, the wife of European Commission president and former Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Manuel Barroso.

The Portugal starting XV also contains the Mateus twins. Diogo Mateus will start at inside centre, while his twin David Mateus will be on the wing.

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