Like father, like son? Find out if Ireland head coach Andy Farrell and England star Owen Farrell are related

Andy Farrell has his eyes on the prize with Ireland (Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Andy Farrell is hoping to lead Ireland to very first Rugby World Cup title at the 2023 edition in France.

The reigning Six Nations champions are one of the favourites to get their hands on the famous Webb Ellis Cup, but they must first do something no Ireland team has ever done at the World Cup – win a knockout game.

Namesake Owen Farrell, meanwhile, can surely only dream of winning this year’s World Cup with England, such has been their disastrous form over the last few months.

Owen himself has had a turbulent time of it of late, with the fly-half in the middle of a four game ban dished out due to a dangerous tackle committed in a warm-up game against Wales at Twickenham in August.

So, are the two related? Here is everything you need to know.

Is Andy Farrell related to Owen Farrell?

Andy Farrell is indeed related to Owen Farrell – the pair are father and son.

The pair have a close relationship (Picture: Dan Mullan – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)

After a year as a first team coach at Saracens, Andy joined England’s coaching set-up in 2012, which was the same year in which Owen made his international debut.

However, following England’s disastrous World Cup group stage exit on home soil in 2015, Andy was sacked by new head coach Eddie Jones.

The following year, Andy was appointed as Ireland defence coach by Joe Schmidt, whom he replaced after the 2019 World Cup.

Since taking the hot seat, Andy has guided Ireland to a Six Nations Grand Slam and top spot in the world rankings.

What have Andy and Owen said about each other?

Andy leapt to Owen’s defence when his son received widespread criticism for the high tackle against Wales, which will see him miss England’s opening two games against Argentina and Japan.

Andy has got the better of the recent meetings between the duo (Picture: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Speaking about the media frenzy which blew up after the red card was originally rescinded by an independent disciplinary committee, Andy said: ‘What could I say?

‘I don’t know. I’d probably get his mother up here to do an interview with you and you’ll see the human side of the b******t that’s happening.

‘Or maybe get his wife to write a book on it, because then you’ll probably see the impact that it’s having, not just on the professional player, but the families and the human side that goes with it.’

‘I don’t normally say too much about my son. What I probably would say is that the circus that has gone around all of this is absolutely disgusting. Disgusting. I suppose those people who have loved their time in the sun will get a few more days to keep going at that.’

Owen, meanwhile, has spoken about the unusual position his mother, Colleen, finds herself in whenever England and Ireland square-off.

Discussing the matter before the Six Nations clash in Dublin earlier this year, Owen said: ‘It’s not weird for us two. It’s probably a bit more weird for the family that’s supporting, especially my mum.

‘She says she doesn’t know what she wants to happen. It’s probably a bit tough for her – well, I know it is.

The pair have worked together with England and the British and Irish Lions (Picture: David Rogers/Getty Images)

‘But in terms of us, we’re just doing our job. He’s not out there on the field, it’s not direct competition.

‘We’ve been doing it for a long time now. It’s not the first time we’ve done it.’

Grandfather Andy even attempted to Owen’s two sons, Tommy and Freddie, into Ireland supporters – joking before the game that he would buy his two grandsons Ireland kits.

‘They’re a bit young yet (to decide who to support),’ Owen added.

‘They’re just doing as their grandad’s told them to, they’re staying at their grandad’s house so I guess it’s his rules.

‘I assumed – and I do still assume – that they will be wearing England jerseys but I see they’re trying to sway them.’

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