Brother will be hard to stop: Rhyce Shaw

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Brother will be hard to stop: Rhyce Shaw

Recently retired Swans star Rhyce Shaw admits it’s going to be hard for Sydney to stop his little brother Heath in Sunday’s AFL derby at Spotless Stadium.

Half-back Heath has been in sparkling form this year, coming off a 2015 campaign in which he earned All-Australian honours.

He could be headed for similar recognition in 2016, averaging a career-high 26 touches per game.

The 30-year-defender is the orchestrator of the GWS back six and has initiated countless Giants attacks this year with his precise and penetrating distribution.

Rhyce, who was also a dashing half-back, retired after last season, but has remained at the Swans as a development coach and coach of their reserves, who are undefeated in the NEAFL.

Heath followed a similar course to Rhyce, as both left Collingwood after several seasons and moved to Sydney.

“He’s a better footballer than me, he’s going to be hard to stop,” Rhyce Shaw said.

“I’m really proud of him, he’s really flourished at GWS.

“He’s just playing some super footy.

“He runs the show down there and he’s really important, not only the way he plays, but the way he makes others play.

“We’ve got a real challenge this week to stop him but I’m sure (Swans coach) John (Longmire) has got some plans in place for him.

A tight-lipped Rhyce gave nothing away about which Swans might spend time on Heath when he caught up with his younger sibling on Wednesday.

“I went round to my brother’s last night and asked him, but he gave me nothing,” Heath quipped.

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