Australian Schools: Family ties as Barbarians’ Lemisio prepares to face-off against his uncle

Photo: Alec Camplin

Playing alongside a family member is a rare opportunity at the international level and it’s one relished by those who get the chance, but lining up against one is even rarer though.

Especially when it’s your uncle.

In one of the most-unique scenarios you’re ever likely to come across, particularly at the schoolboy level, that’s exactly what Australian Barbarians’ bullocker Remsy Lemisio will do against Samoa on Wednesday.

Incredibly they’ll both be in the front row too, with Lemisio packing down bookending the Barbarians’ scrum while his uncle Andrew Simeti will pack down at hooker for Samoa.

They’ve never faced off before, and they caught up just days ago in Lemisio’s home town of Canberra, where Simeti’s Samoans were taking on the ACT Schools side.

Bragging rights will be a premium, of course, because Lemisio still maintains his strong Samoan ties and regularly heads back to the Pacific Islands to see his family.

He’ll do so again at Christmas too.

“It’ll be a good contest. He’s going to be hard to scrum against,” Lemisio said.

Lemisio’s had a huge 2019 so far, he was part of the undefeated St Edmund’s College side and was huge at the national championship, which ultimately earned him a Barbarians’ jumper.

While his Barbarians’ preparation has been short the Samoans come into Wednesday’s clash at Knox Grammar undefeated through three warm-up games, along with the ACT they also beat Shoalhaven Schools and Central West Schools.

Wednesday’s clash, the only international Schoolboys game on Australian soil this year, kicks off at 5.30pm.

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