Andy Farrell rugby player
Andy Farrell rugby player

Andy Farrell

30th May 1975 1.93m/108kg Head Coach

Introduced to rugby league at the age of 10, Farrell made his debut for Wigan at 16 and went on to play 370 games for Wigan, scoring over 3000 points and became the youngest player to win in a Challenge Cup final at 17 years.

His playing achievements include winning the first of 34 caps for Great Britain at 18, being part of the Wigan team that beat the Brisbane Broncos down under to win the World Club Challenge that same year.

March 2005 saw him retire from rugby league and was recruited by Saracens after the stellar playing career in league with Wigan and Great Britain. His playing accomplishments in union never hit those heights, largely because of a knee injury, although he did represent England in the 2007 World Cup and won eight caps.

After retiring from playing in 2009, he took up the role as Saracens skill coach and subsequently became first-team coach the following year. After being loaned to the RFU for the 2012 Six Nations Championship, Farrell became a permanent appointment as backs coach.

Having proved himself with England, Farrell toured with the British and Irish Lions in 2013 acting as defence coach, helping the team to 2-1 Test series victory over Australia.

In November 2015, England appointed Eddie Jones as head coach, with Jones sacking Farrell along with the rest of the coaching team after a dismal World Cup showing.

He was then appointed as Ireland's defence coach, helping to oversee an away victory over South Africa and then a spectacular success against world champions New Zealand in Chicago, before a memorable autumn campaign concluded by Ireland defeating Australia.

In November 2018, Farrell was confirmed to be Joe Schmidt's successor as Ireland head coach following the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Farrell's first year in charge saw Ireland finish third overall in the Six Nations beating Wales, Scotland and Italy. Ireland also finished third in the Autumn Nations Cup winning 2 of their three pool matches losing to England and beating Georgia and Wales before claiming third place with victory over Scotland.

Ireland finished third in the Six Nations in 2021 before defeating the All Blacks, Argentina and Japan that November.

A narrow loss to France denied Farrell a maiden Six Nations title as head coach and a potential grand slam in 2022 but Ireland headed off to New Zealand in July, claiming their first-ever win over the All Blacks in New Zealand in test 2 and backed that up with another win in test 3 to clinch a historic series victory.

After the historic series victory over the All Blacks in New Zealand, Farrell signed a two-year contract extension that will see him remain in his position until at least August 2025.

JW July 2022


ireland Ireland
Head Coach
2016 - present
england England
Inside Centre
2007 - 2009
saracens Saracens
Inside Centre
2005 - 2009
R2fRSPlg British & Irish Lions
2017 - 2017