IT'S something of a family affair at Hoylake as the club's very own band of brothers bid to reach Twickenham for the second time in three years.
The South Lancs/Cheshire Two league leaders will line up against Didsbury in the latest round of the Powergen Vase competition with Richard, Mike and Stephen Young in the team.
Richard, 25, has been the Hoylake captain for the past three seasons, with Mike, 27, a regular alongside him in the centre, while 18-year-old Stephen has just broken into the team at full back this season.
Richard said: "I started playing for Hoylake and my brothers soon followed me to the club. It is great to play alongside them, although selection can be a bit of a headache.
"They are fairly respectful towards me on the pitch and listen to what I have to say, but it is a different story in the bar afterwards - that is when the mickey-taking starts."
Richard and Mike played at headquarters in 2001 - with Stephen travelling as a team assistant - and despite losing in the final, all three would love to play there again.
"The result went against us, but it was fantastic to get there at all which is something a lot of rugby players will never do," said Richard. "I'd love to get there again and we will be doing our best to make it hapopen, although Didsbury are a good side and there is a long way to go yet.
"Hoylake is a club on the up though, and we have gone up three leagues in five seasons which is testament to the hard work of the players, coaches and everyone else at the club."
Mike added: "It is nice to play together, but we have to leave any arguments from home on the touch-line because that doesn't work in a game if we are having a go at each other.
"It would be fantastic if we could reach Twickenham this time too with all of us there."
Stephen, who was just 15 when Hoylake played at Twickenham, said: "It is good having the respect of my brothers for once, because whenever we had arguments about rugby in the past, they would always say I didn't know what I was talking about as I hadn't played at a higher level of rugby.
"Now I am playing at the same level as them so I can have my say. I am just concentrating on myself on the field, but I think they look after me because my mum tells them to!"
Proud mum Christine added: "I do tell Mike and Richard to make sure no-one hits Stephen and do mum things like reminding them to take their gumshields, but I don't worry about them because I have been watching them for so long. It is great to see the three of them run out together and we are all proud of them.
"Hoylake is a real family club and I think we have proved that!"
Hoylake once had five brothers in their side for a friendly match in 1937. Ian Watts, Gordon Watts, David Watts, H H Watts and H R Watts were the players involved in a feat unlikely to be repeated.
But the Young family's interest in the Hoylake success story does not end there as the lads' sister, Kate, not only keeps an eye on her three playing brothers but also on prop Dan Miller, whom she is to marry in the near future.
Richard said: "They will be married in April so we will have a bigger contingent on the pitch then - three brothers and a brother-in-law!"