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The 32-year-old England captain has accumulated over 100 international appearances since his England debut in 2012.
Regarded as one of England’s greatest players of all time, the Saracens fly-half is regarded as one of England’s greatest players of all time and recently became England’s record points scorer, with over 1,180 points, after overtaking Jonny Wilkinson in the Rugby World Cup group game versus Samoa.
But who are the people behind the man? The people who knew Owen Farrell the day he was born in Orrell, near Wigan, on the 24th of September 1991 and onwards, before he became a global rugby super star.
Who are Owen Farrell’s parents?
Owen comes from prestige Rugby League and Union heritage and was destined to play rugby on the biggest stage due to his father, Andy, who was a dual international for England in both codes.
Born in Wigan on the 30th of May 1975, Andy Farrell would go on to play 370 times in a 13-year career, from 1991-2004, for Wigan Warriors. He would also play 34 times for Great Britain and 11 times for England in Rugby League in the same period before making the switch to Rugby Union.
He would make the switch from Wigan to Saracens in 2005 in anticipation of the 2007 Rugby World Cup. As a centre/flanker, Andy would play 28 times for Saracens between 2005 and 2009, playing 8 times for England in 2007 including at the World Cup, before hanging up his rugby boots forever.
He would then go into coaching, beginning as an assistant at Saracens before taking up a role as England’s defence coach from 2011-2015, leaving after the 2015 Rugby World Cup. However, the disappointing group-stage exit for England at that tournament did not hinder his career, as he soon ascended to the position of Ireland’s head coach, where he has taken them to the current number one team in the world and is, for that reason, probably the best coach in world rugby.
Owen’s dad, Andy, does not boast all of the sporting excellence possessed by Owen’s parents.
His Mum, Colleen, is the sister of former England Rugby League legend, Sean O’Loughlin.
Andy and Colleen starting dating when Colleen was just 16-years-old while Sean and Andy were teammates at Wigan Warriors and later married in 1995.
Who is Owen Farrell’s uncle
If you think Owen’s sporting heritage ends with his Dad, Andy, you’d be drastically wrong, Owen’s uncle is also a former international rugby star.
Sean’s is a name known by every Rugby League fan in the world. He was the talisman and leader of the greatest Wigan Warriors team in history, winning four Super League titles and two Challenge Cups in his 18-year-career as a Warrior between 2002 and 2020. O’Loughlin also won 11 caps for Great Britain between 2004 and 2007 and 25 caps for England between 2009 and 2019, captaining his country for four years and competing at two World Cups.
He is also the brother of Colleen Farrell, Owen’s mum.
Who are Owen Farrell’s cousins?
Not content with the sporting legacy of his dad and uncle, Owen is related to yet another rugby international through his cousin-once-removed, Liam.
Liam Farrell is Andy Farrell’s cousin, meaning he is distantly related to Andy’s son, Owen.
An England Rugby League international since 2013, Liam is a current player and the recently appointed club captain of Sean and Andy’s former club, Wigan Warriors, in his 23rd season after debuting in 2010.
Liam has over 348 appearances in a Wigan shirt and 11 in an England shirt, making him one of the greatest Super League players of all time
The final sportsman in Owen Farrell’s long line of sporting relations. Connor Farrell is Liam Farrell’s brother and Andy Farrell’s cousin.
Connor was a Wigan Warriors player from 2013 to 2017, making a handful of appearances while going on a loan to a number of clubs. He retired from playing in 2020 to take up a place as an assistant coach at Swinton Lions.
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