Faingaa boys set for emotional Test
August 5, 2010
Anthony Faingaa starts his first Test on Saturday © Getty Images
The Faingaa boys, hooker Saia and centre Anthony, will make a little bit of history against New Zealand in Christchurch on Saturday night, becoming the first twins to represent Australia since Mark and Glen Ella in 1983.
Anthony has been drafted in at No.12 for his first Test start while Saia has displaced the experienced Stephen Moore in the front-row as the Wallabies look to snap an eight-game losing streak against the All Blacks.
Both key figures for the resurgent Reds this season, they are determined to make the most of what is going to be a huge day for their family.
"I know our family's proud of what we've achieved so far and I just can't wait to get out there and not only represent my country but to represent my family and to have my twin brother and my best mate to do it next to me," Saia said. "It's going to be a great moment in our family. Dad was crying, Mum was crying, I think my little brother was crying as well."
The little brother in question is Brumbies flanker Colby, who, after making strides in Super Rugby this season, will understand that his brothers have a mammoth task on their hands.
"I just can't wait to get out there," Anthony said. "I was very surprised. I was shocked, but at the same time there's a job to be done. I always knew this time was going to come, I've just got to make sure I'm right for the challenge."
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