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Sibling rivalry for London Welsh’s Lewis brothers

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London Welsh scrum-half Rob Lewis says this season’s Aviva Premiership Rugby adventure has been made all the more enjoyable by having his twin brother alongside him.

Justin Burnell's side have endured a tough campaign so far and welcome Sale Sharks to the Kassam Stadium on Sunday hoping that elusive first win is moving ever closer.

And the Sharks may be seeing double if identical twins Rob and centre James Lewis are selected in the backline.

And Rob, who has featured in all 13 of Welsh's Aviva Premiership matches so far, admits there is a certain amount of competition between the two siblings out on the pitch.

“There is definitely a bit of a rivalry between us with tries scored and how many tries a game,” he said.

“But we're in different positions so it's pretty hard to compare. We try and help each other, and any rivalry becomes a bit irrelevant because we've got different jobs to do on the pitch.

“I do actually really like coming in on a Monday morning and watching his clips, looking at how he went on the weekend and what he did in the game.

“I don't get much space where I am on the pitch, so I like to keep an eye on what he does and how he's playing – not critically, I must say, but positively! Though from time to time I do think 'if I was out there in that position, in a bit of space, I could do that as well!'

“He's older by ten minutes, and he always reminds me he's the one in charge, but speaking to the other boys they would probably say it's the other way round and I'm mouthier than him! That's maybe more down to the job I've got to do as a scrum-half though.

“It's just really nice to have him outside me. At the moment it seems that whenever I'm picked he's not picked and vice versa so we haven't really been playing alongside each other that much recently but it's always good to see him out there.”

Rob was part of the side that won promotion to Aviva Premiership Rugby in 2012, briefly leaving for Cardiff Blues before rejoining for the second half of their debut season in the top flight.

Two years later he says there is a noticeable difference in the overall quality of the league, though is hopeful his side are moving in the right direction with nine games to go.

“In the two years since we were in the league, everyone has really kicked on,” he added. “Teams have really progressed in physicality, tempo and power and there's huge difference – everyone's developing at a really fast rate.

“The performance is there now, it's just the end result. We looked at the stats this morning and we're scoring more points and conceding less, so obviously we're getting closer and closer to that win we're looking for.”

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