Union pair follows famous dads

BRISBANE, AAP ? Daniel Roach and Ben Daley pack down for the Australian Schoolboys rugby union side today, 19 years after their famous league-playing fathers toured together with the Kangaroos.

The coincidence isn't lost on Steve Roach and Gladstone publican Phil Daley, front-row for-wards like their sons, who toured Great Britain and France with the unbeaten 1986 Kangaroos.

'Isn't that freaky?,' Roach senior said yesterday.' And they are roomies ? Phil and I were roomies in the '86 Kangaroos. What odds would that be?'

The former league internationals will be at Ballymore to watch their sons prop up the young Australian scrum against the Samoan Under-18s.

A dyed-in-the-wool leaguie, Balmain great "Blocker'' Roach has no qualms about his 18-yearold son committing to union.

But he hasn't given up on Daniel returning from the 'dark side' after he crossed codes following success at Sydney's St Ignatius College.

'You never know what hap-pens down the road,' Roach said.

'But he might be too good at union to give it away.'

Ben Daley, born soon after Phil was sacked from the NSW Origin team when he broke camp to be with pregnant wife Vicki, is similarly built at 184cm and 105kg.

The 17-year-old Gold Coaster made the Queensland U16s teams for both league and union last year but, like Roach junior, has chosen to focus on union.

Today will be the second time the pair have turned out for the Australian Schoolboys after playing in the 103-5 trouncing of Japan last month.

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