From Al Pachino to hating Brothers, Hunter Thomas reflects ahead of 400th cap for Wests

By Finn Morton; Photo - Mahliah Ivory Sylvan Road will play host to a unique occasion on Saturday as Wests stalwart Hunter Thomas prepares for his 400th appearance for the club. It’s been an eventful career for Thomas, dating back to 1989. Grand Final successes and a constant hatred for Brothers seem to be the key takeaways from a career that while not professional, is still incredibly impressive. “I started down in my older brothers under-sevens side in 1989 when I was four,” said Thomas. “But my first game of seniors, we played Brothers at home and I always knew that no matter what club you played for, you hated Brothers. We beat Brothers at home but they went on to go undefeated for the rest of the season and take out the Colts Premiership. “It was a great start to what has been a fantastic love-hate relationship with many of those boys.” It’s not very often that Rugby and Al Pacino are mentioned in the same article, but Hunter’s favourite Rugby