THERE’S another family reunion for Sheffield Eagles’ Andrew Henderson when he faces his brother Kevin in the game against Leigh Centurions tomorrow night.
It will be the second time this season Andrew has come up against one of his rugby-playing siblings.
The Eagles hooker went face-to-face with the youngest brother Ian in the Challenge Cup fifth round at Catalan Dragons.
The middle brother Kevin, a second row or centre, joined Leigh last week after a spell at Montpellier.
“We had a chat just before Kevin left France and he’s looking forward to being at Leigh which was his first club in England in 2005 and he’s always kept in touch with Paul Rowley (Leigh’s coach) who was a player then,” said Andrew.
It will be business before family when the pair clash at the Leigh Sports village (kick-off 7.30pm) with Eagles facing a team only one point behind them in the league. Andrew will be briefing his team-mates on what to expect from Kevin.
“You just focus on performing well for your team and trying to get the result,” he said. “There’s no real focus on playing against Kevin. I know what he’s capable of as a player, he’s a great line runner, he’s got a good offload game and he’s a strong ball carrier.
“He’s got a good work ethic defensively and he’s certainly going to strengthen the Leigh side and add a lot of quality and experience for them.
“But it’s not about Kevin, it’s about our performance and getting a result at their place which will be a tough ask.”
Kevin played in the Super League at Wakefield Wildcats until the end of last season.
He made his latest debut for the Centurions in their 44-10 win over Avignon in the Anglo-French Challenge game last weekend.
All three brothers, who were born in Torquay but grew up in Australia, played for Scotland in the 2008 Rugby league World Cup.