Mitch and Luke Jacobson are the first brothers to play for Waikato in 23 years

Mitch, left, and Luke Jacobson are the first brothers to play for Waikato in 23 years.
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Mitch, left, and Luke Jacobson are the first brothers to play for Waikato in 23 years.

Neither Mitch or Luke Jacobson were alive when two brothers last played together for Waikato.

But the two youngest of three Jacobson brothers became Waikato's first in 23 years when Luke made his Mitre 10 Cup debut against Taranaki in August.

The last were Tom and Richard Coventry during Waikato's 1994 season and former All Blacks Steve and Rob Gordon were before them having played for the Mooloos in 1991.

The Jacobson brothers at Waikato training.
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The Jacobson brothers at Waikato training.

Five Clarke brothers - Ian, Doug, Don, Brian and Graeme - famously played together for Waikato against Thames Valley in 1961 and four Clarkes on the field at once wasn't uncommon in that era.

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Mitch, 21, and Luke, 20, have actually taken many fields together since playing First XV for Cambridge High School.

Luke Jacobson made his Waikato debut this year.
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Luke Jacobson made his Waikato debut this year.

Elder 24-year-old brother Kane, who represented New Zealand Schools in 2011, has run out with his younger brothers for their Hautapu club in Waikato premier club rugby.

But Mitch, an openside flanker, and Luke, a blindside or No 8, have played together for New Zealand's under-20s and the Chiefs development side before Waikato this year.

They've been partnering flankers three times since Luke made his Mooloos debut off the bench in Taranaki and Manawatu's visit to Hamilton on Saturday sees them together in jerseys 6 and 7 again.

Mitch, left, and Luke have played together since high school.
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Mitch, left, and Luke have played together since high school.

Kane, also primarily an openside flanker, left Waikato for North Harbour last year but all three's versatility meant each could play across the back row if required, and reduce squabbling for places.

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"The fighting was off the field when we all lived together at home with mum and dad when it had nothing to do with rugby," Mitch joked.

The closest brothers to play for Waikato in the modern era were Melville's Declan and Kylem O'Donnell, who have since switched provinces to Taranaki.

Mitch Jacobson scoring for Waikato against Taranaki earlier this season.
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Mitch Jacobson scoring for Waikato against Taranaki earlier this season.

Kylem won seven Waikato caps in 2013; Declan won 29 between 2011 and 2015. But neither took the field together.

Former Waikato prop Craig Stevenson, who is Mitch and Luke's club coach at Hautapu, played with the Coventry and Gordon brothers in the early nineties.

Stevenson also played for Hautapu with Chris Jacobson, Mitch and Luke's father who was also a back rower, and said he could see similarities.

Luke captained New Zealand's under-20s to another world title in June.
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Luke captained New Zealand's under-20s to another world title in June.

"A lot of the attributes the boys have got - that sort of hard, uncompromising level - is something they've had from an early age. Mind you they're a lot more skilful than he ever was," he quipped.

"They were some of the best in the country when they were at school. You knew then that if they carried on the path they were going, they would certainly one day not only make New Zealand teams, but play for Waikato, the Chiefs and the All Blacks."

Luke signed a three-year deal with the Chiefs in August after captaining New Zealand's under-20s to another world title in June.

Mitch, who's played for Waikato since 2015, spent three years with the Baby Blacks and has captained the Chiefs development side this year.

The Coventry brothers were also flankers and Tom, who now coincidentally coaches Kane Jacobson at Harbour, would like to have played more with younger brother Richard for Waikato.

"When you're on the field together, you tend to look after each other a little bit and watch the other's back," he said.

Watch Mitch and Luke. They do just that. 

 - Stuff

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