43 Facts About Andy Farrell


Andy Farrell is the current head coach for Ireland, beginning after the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

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Andy Farrell is the father of England rugby union player Owen Farrell.

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Dual-code international, Andy Farrell was a goal-kicking loose forward in rugby league.

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Andy Farrell captained Great Britain, and his club, Wigan Warriors.

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Andy Farrell made 34 appearances for Great Britain and represented England in two World Cups.

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Andy Farrell won six Championships and four Challenge Cups with Wigan, as well as numerous individual awards between 1991 and 2004.

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Andy Farrell was born in Wigan, Greater Manchester and first played rugby league at age 10 at a summer camp run by Graeme West, Wigan Warriors' captain at the time.

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Also that year his son Owen Andy Farrell was born, who went on to become a professional rugby union player.

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Andy Farrell became the youngest player to win a Challenge Cup Final in 1993 when at 17 years and 11 months he came on as a substitute against Widnes.

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Andy Farrell then became a full international by the age of 18, making his debut against New Zealand later in 1993.

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Andy Farrell was selected to play for Great Britain against Australia in all three Ashes Tests of the 1994 Kangaroo tour.

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Also that year, Andy Farrell married the elder sister of future Great Britain international and Wigan captain Sean O'Loughlin.

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In July 1996 Andy Farrell was appointed Wigan Warriors' captain and later that year, aged 21 years and four months, became the youngest-ever captain of the Great Britain team, leading the 1996 Lions tour of New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Fiji.

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Andy Farrell was named at loose forward in 1996's Super League Dream Team.

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Andy Farrell was awarded the Harry Sunderland Trophy as man-of-the-match.

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Andy Farrell captained the Wigan Warriors as a second-row in their 1998 Super League Grand Final victory over Leeds Rhinos.

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Andy Farrell played for the Wigan Warriors at loose forward, scoring a try and kicking two goals, in their 2000 Super League Grand Final defeat by St Helens.

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In 2001 Andy Farrell set the Wigan club record for most points in a season with 429 and most points in a Super League championship season with 388.

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Andy Farrell is only the second Wigan Warriors player to score more than 3,000 points in all competitions.

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Andy Farrell played for the Wigan Warriors at loose forward in their 2001 Super League Grand Final defeat by the Bradford Bulls.

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Andy Farrell celebrated his testimonial match in 2002 and captained Wigan to victory in the 2002 Challenge Cup.

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Andy Farrell played for Wigan Warriors at loose forward and kicked two goals in the 2003 Super League Grand Final defeat by the Bradford Bulls.

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Andy Farrell was inducted into the Order of the British Empire for services to the game in the New Year's list of 2004.

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Andy Farrell won the Players' Player Award and twice won the Man of Steel Award.

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Now Britain's oldest international, Andy Farrell was then selected in the Great Britain team to compete in the end-of-season 2004 Rugby League Tri-Nations tournament.

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Andy Farrell was awarded the Golden Boot as the best player in the world in 2004.

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Andy Farrell retired while second on the list of the England rugby league side's all-time top goal scorers, with 78 points.

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On 24 March 2005 Andy Farrell announced his retirement from rugby league in order to play at Saracens, and the Rugby Football Union.

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Andy Farrell finally made a try-scoring debut for Saracens reserves on 11 September 2006.

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Andy Farrell then made his first-team debut against Newcastle Falcons on 17 September 2006 as a replacement.

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However Andy Farrell went on to play primarily at centre for the Saracens first team, and again when selected to play for a World XV against South Africa.

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Andy Farrell was selected as a part of the England Elite squad for the 2007 Six Nations by new coach Brian Ashton.

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Andy Farrell was seen by some to be the main contender for the starting inside centre position, after England's problems in that position during the 2006 autumn internationals.

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Andy Farrell made his England debut at Twickenham after he was named at inside centre in the first Six Nations game against Scotland.

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The 2007 World Cup saw Andy Farrell starting at inside centre against South Africa, in England's chastening group stage defeat.

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Andy Farrell was then brought on as a replacement against Tonga, and scored his first England try.

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In January 2008 Andy Farrell was joined at Saracens by his 16-year-old son Owen Andy Farrell, who signed a three-year academy deal with the club.

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Andy Farrell was promoted to Saracens first-team coach at the end of 2010 after impressing as skills coach.

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However, Andy Farrell soon left the London club and the RFU announced on 28 June 2012 that he would join the England coaching team on a three-and-a-half-year contract.

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Andy Farrell toured with the British and Irish Lions in 2013 as defence coach, having proved himself with England.

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Andy Farrell was heavily praised by head coach Warren Gatland, having drilled the team to concede very few points during the 10-match tour.

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On 6 January 2016, it was announced that Andy Farrell would take up the role of Ireland defence coach after the completion of the 2016 Six Nations Championship.

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Andy Farrell married Colleen O'Loughlin, the sister of former Wigan teammate Sean O'Loughlin in 1995 and has four children including England rugby union player Owen Andy Farrell.

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