"Two very competitive beasts" as Shaw brothers face off on Sunday

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As Ashley Brown pointed out yesterday, Sunday will be just the tenth time in AFL history a senior coach will have a brother playing for the opposing team.

But it isn’t the first time Rhyce Shaw – now interim coach of North Melbourne following Brad Scott’s departure – and Heath Shaw, veteran defender for the GWS Giants, will face off on the footy field.

Despite both joining the AFL as Collingwood players – father-son draftees thanks to dad Ray’s 146 games for the black and white – they later clashed in different colours.

Rhyce joined the Sydney Swans at the end of 2008 and played in their 2012 premiership, while Heath later joined his brother in the harbour city to play for the Giants.

"It was weird when I first played against Rhyce after he moved," Heath told media earlier in the week.

"But I got used to that.”

The brothers are extremely close, and speak often. They’ll even speak to each other in the lead up to Sunday’s match.

"There will be a lot of stuff talked about during the week but when we get into it, it'll be two very competitive beasts both wanting to get the win.

"Rhyce has already called me a couple of times, which he doesn't usually do. Trying to get a bit of inside info."

Heath is clearly proud of his older brother – but there's limit when it comes to his own club getting a win.

"(Rhyce getting two wins in a row is) great. Obviously a pretty good start to his coaching career … hopefully that honeymoon period is over this week."

North Melbourne have had the better of the Giants at Blundstone Arena, winning two of their three clashes there. Coming off a bad loss to the Crows last week, GWS will be looking to take the win – and even the ledger against the Roos in Tasmania.