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Schedule clash for Fotuaika brothers

Fotuaika brothers Moeaki and Feao will both be in action, for the Gold Coast Titans and Reds respectively, at the same time on Saturday night in Queensland.

Schedule clash for Fotuaika brothers

Fotuaika brothers Moeaki and Feao will both be in action, for the Gold Coast Titans and Reds respectively, at the same time on Saturday night in Queensland.

While Feao Fotuaika puts the ball under his arm for the Queensland Reds at Suncorp Stadium, his younger brother Moeaki will be doing the same an hour south in an NRL trial for the Gold Coast.

The brothers will then drive back to the same Brisbane house and trade stories as fully professional athletes for the first time.


Moeaki, known affectionately as Mo at Titans headquarters, burst onto the scene last year as an 18-year-old capable of muscling up with the best.

He'll come off the bench against Brisbane at Cbus Super Stadium and is tipped to earn a place in Garth Brennan's XVII when the NRL begins this month.

Feao is a late bloomer at 25, having stripped 16kg from his frame in four months to earn a Super Rugby contract after Reds coach Brad Thorn sparked something in the club rugby battler last year.

He will start in the forwards against the Crusaders on Saturday night after debuting last weekend against the Highlanders in Dunedin.

Mo said the Fotuaika scheduling clash would be a proud family moment, especially after the 2013 suicide of older brother and NRL prospect Mosese.

"It was a tough time but it's made my whole family a lot stronger and I know that it's pushing me to achieve great things," Fotuaika said.

"Feao didn't make it at a younger age, he's definitely worked hard to get there.

"We all look up to each other, feed off each other and want to achieve great things and make our family proud."

Feao had to do away with junk food and energy drinks in his quest to shape up for Thorn, something Mo learnt to do last year as well.

"I was the same as him, I had to drop the bad diet as well," he said.

"I enjoy the professionalism of it now and just want to be in that XVII each week and play consistent football."

Saturday's trial will also mark the return of halfback Ashley Taylor after minor off-season shoulder surgery, while AJ Brimson has been named on an extended bench following his own shoulder operation before Christmas.

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