Brothers in line to make history

George, Archie, Jack, Frankie and Max Skofic

George, Archie, Jack, Frankie and Max Skofic

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Five brothers from Hesketh Bank are on the cusp of making rugby union history next month.

Jack, Max, Archie, George and Frankie Skofic are poised to make their international debuts for Slovenia against Bulgaria, in Ljubliana, on April 12.

And if all five of them are on the pitch at the same time during the match, it is believed that they will become the first ever sibling quintet to play together on the international stage.

The fivesome have qualified to represent Slovenia courtesy of their late grandfather, Alois Skofic, who settled in England after the Second World War.

The brothers hit the headlines last year when they all played together in the Jonathan Skofic Invitational Tournament – a competition set up in memory of their father, who tragically died in 2011 at the age of 52.

Jonathan Skofic was a huge personality in local rugby union circles and helped set up Tarleton Rugby Club, where his five sons play each week in the first XI.

A revered player himself, it was Jonathan’s dream to play in the same team as his sons – but unfortunately, he was never able to .

“Something like this would have made my dad extremely proud,” said Jack Skofic.

“For him just to have his five sons playing in the same team at Tarleton – a club he founded – would have been so special for him.

“But to see us all playing international rugby, it would have made him so proud.

“We don’t think there has ever been five brothers who have all played international rugby together.

“We might be proven wrong, but we think it will be a world record.”

See Saturday’s Evening Post for the Big Interview with Jack Skofic