Siblings make shock rugby league history

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St George Illawarra has re-signed forward Tyrell Fuimaono, who will soon make rugby league history when he joins his sister Taliah to become the first brother-sister duo to play for an Australian first grade club at the same time.

The club today announced Fuimaono, who's played 30 games for the Dragons since joining the club from Penrith in 2020, had re-signed on a two-year deal which will keep him at St George Illawarra until 2023.

But the Dragons forward will also make history when sister Taliah also joins the club, who has signed on for the 2021 NRLW season which is expected to kick-off later this month.

The NRLW season typically starts around the Round 23 mark of the men's season, but due to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, no date has been officially locked in.

Tyrell Fuimaono and Taliah Fuimaono of the Dragons (Getty)

"It's a special occasion for a lot of us but particularly for my mum Michelle and my sister. Mum is rapt. She's never missed a game of mine or of Taliah, we have always been her number one priority every weekend," Tyrell said in a club statement.

"To be able to have us both play at the highest level in front of her after all the time and effort she has contributed throughout our journeys and careers is very rewarding. Mum's endless support has made this possible.

"Extending for another two years is special too, my mindset has constantly changed from when I first signed and throughout my time at the Dragons. Football is absolutely my main focus in my life and I'm now very keen on finding consistency in my performances."

Taliah, who in recent times has been hampered by shoulder injuries and ACL injury, said she's surprised to see her dream happen so quickly.

"I'm excited to finally have a breakthrough in my career although I didn't expect it to come so soon," Taliah said.

"Overall this is such a huge deal for our mum and our family. It's going to be a huge change for me but one that will be made even more special now that Tyrell and I get to be at the Dragons together."

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