Warrington Wolves face Hull KR on Saturday. But to Wolves centre Toby King, it is something more than that.
Hull KR Head Coach Tony Smith was the man to give King his Warrington debut back in 2014. Not only that, he will also come up against his older brother George.
The pair had played together at Warrington, and only made their debuts a week apart. However, in 2019, George moved away to sign for Wakefield Trinity, and then reunited with Smith at Hull KR a year later.
On Smith, King said: “He was a very jovial character. I had him for two or three years, and he gave me debut which I am very grateful for.
“He also gave George his debut as well the week before me. I have some very good memories and I am very appreciative of him, he gave me the chance to start up and pave my way for the Super League.”
George has become a regular starter for Hull KR in the 2021 season, and Toby believes the confidence instilled in him has played a big role in his recent form.
He added: “He needed some more confidence in him. I had the belief that he needed game time. Now he has played well over 150 Super League games and he is coming into the prime of a forwards career.
“He’s battle-hardened and understands the game a lot more. His running game now is looking really good. Hopefully he can kick on now and make a really good impression in the Super League.”