The NRL game between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the South Sydney Rabbitohs on Saturday will make history with the appearance of two sets of twins on the field. Mathew and Max Feagai, along with Ryan and Toby Couchman, will become the first two sets of twins to play in the same NRL game. The Feagai twins have already played alongside each other four times at the NRL level, while the Couchman twins will have their first opportunity to play together this weekend.
Max Feagai made his NRL debut as a teenager last year in Round 19 against the Knights. Mathew Feagai joined him in the top grade the following season and scored a try in a Round 9 win against the Bulldogs. The Couchman twins, on the other hand, made their NRL debuts this season, with Toby earning a debut in the season opener against the Titans in March and Ryan making his debut last week against the Eels.
Ryan Couchman expressed his elation at realizing his dream of becoming a Dragon and playing in the NRL. He described the experience as unreal and everything he had expected and more. While the team would have liked to win the game, Couchman highlighted that the team put in a competitive performance with many positives to take away from the match.
Ryan will have his twin brother Toby alongside him on the interchange in their second NRL game together. Ryan expressed his excitement and described it as a dream come true to be able to play an NRL game with his twin brother. The entire family is also looking forward to the occasion and sees it as a significant moment for everyone.
Playing alongside the Feagai twins adds even more grandeur to the occasion for Ryan Couchman. However, he acknowledged that it might be challenging for the callers to distinguish between the two sets of twins. He jokingly suggested that they might have to rely on different colored boots or other distinguishing features during the game. Regardless, Couchman expressed his excitement about sharing the field with the talented Feagai boys.
In addition to the historic appearance of the twins, Saturday’s game also marks the first time the Dragons have traveled to Cairns for a match. The team is determined to spoil the Rabbitohs‘ finals hopes and is preparing to face formidable players like Cody Walker and Latrell Mitchell. Ryan Couchman emphasised that the focus for the Dragons is on themselves and improving their own performance. The team has had competitive performances in recent weeks and is eager to continue that momentum and secure a win in Cairns.