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Morris boys set to make NRL history

By AAP Newswire

Rugby league twins Brett and Josh Morris are poised to create a little piece of NRL era history, once they turn out together for the Sydney Roosters.

The 33-year-old NSW and Kangaroos backs played together for St George Illawarra (2007-08) and Canterbury (2015-18).

No siblings have played together at three different NRL clubs.

Josh joined his brother at the Roosters after being granted a release by the Sharks two months ago.

The hiatus caused by the coronavirus pandemic has prevented them from playing together for the Roosters.

That is poised to change on Friday when the two-time defending premiers meet old foes South Sydney in the first round of games to be played since the competition was suspended in March.

"It's exciting, obviously back in the same colours as Jmoz and what better way to start (than) with our biggest rivals Souths?" Brett Morris said.

"He saw the games that I played against them last year, and he saw the rivalry and was pretty excited by it, and obviously coming over here now he gets to experience that.

"Obviously we have that fairly long break with the coronavirus and in that time it was just about trying to get him up to speed with our training programs.

"The way that we go about our business and the mentality behind the way that we train.

"He picked that up pretty quick and obviously he's had the last couple of weeks back with the boys and getting involved in it and he's slotted in nicely."

The brothers are among the small percentage of NRL players who were around in 2008, the last season when games were played with just one referee

"For me, it will probably be a little bit more enjoyable (with one referee)," Brett Morris said.

"You don't have someone standing behind the ruck barking at you every now and then, so there's one less guy there yelling at you which is good."

Brett said he hasn't wasted time and energy thinking about playing on beyond this season.

The twins' father "Slippery' Steve Morris, a halfback-turned-winger, who also represented NSW and Australia, played at the Roosters after spending the majority of his career at St George.