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Owen Farrell’s brother could play against England in the Six Nations

Andy Farrell, gearing up for Ireland’s crucial Six Nations clash against Scotland, took a moment to witness his son Gabriel’s triumph in an under-13s schools fixture for Blackrock College.

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Following Gabriel’s success, Farrell jestingly remarked, “I actually said to him [Gabriel] after the game ‘You put us under pressure!’ Because imagine him winning this morning and us not winning. I’d have been massively in trouble!”

Gabriel, potentially eligible to represent Ireland in the future either through residency or ancestry, showcased his talent in the game. With an older brother, Owen, holding the record for England’s all-time highest points scorer, Gabriel’s rugby pedigree is noteworthy.

The possibility of him donning the green jersey isn’t far-fetched, especially given Blackrock College’s renowned reputation for nurturing rugby talent. He’s already reportedly on Leinster’s radar as a future prospect.

Sons of Paul O'Connell and Andy Farrell

Reflecting on Gabriel’s victory, Farrell humorously acknowledged the added pressure it would’ve brought had Ireland not succeeded in their match.

The under-13s fixture served as a warm-up for the Senior Cup final between Blackrock and St Michael’s, a highly anticipated event held at the RDS and televised, drawing thousands of fans annually.

Farrell emphasized the intensity and competitiveness of junior rugby, underscoring its significance in shaping Irish rugby culture. “It is huge. Did you see the rivalry, the competitiveness at under-13s this morning? It’s magnificent, isn’t it? That’s what makes Irish rugby special,” he noted.

England’s 40 Greatest Ever Rugby Union Players – Owen Farrell 10th

Below is our rundown of the top 40 players to proudly wear the iconic white jersey.

40 best English rugby players of all-time

#40. Wade Dooley

Renowned English lock known for his towering height and physicality. Capped multiple times for England and played a crucial role in the national team’s success in the late 1980s.

#98. Manu Tuilagi

Dynamic English center renowned for his strength, speed, and devastating ball-carrying abilities. A powerful presence on the field, known for breaking tackles and creating scoring opportunities.

Manu Tuilagi of England during the Autumn Nations Match between England and Tonga at Twickenham Stoop on 6 November 2021. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

#38. Dylan Hartley

Former England captain and hooker, known for his tenacity and leadership skills. Led England to multiple victories and was a key figure in the team’s success during the Eddie Jones era.

#37. Maggie Alphonsi

Renowned former England rugby player and trailblazer in women’s rugby. Alphonsi excelled as a flanker, known for her ferocious tackling, speed, and relentless work rate. A World Cup winner in 2014, she has made a lasting impact on the sport, inspiring future generations of female rugby players.

#36. Trevor Woodman

Retired English prop known for his expertise in the scrum. A World Cup winner in 2003, Woodman’s technical skills and strength made him a formidable force in the front row.

#35. Kyran Bracken

Former England scrum-half who was a key contributor during the late 1990s and early 2000s. Known for his quick thinking, accurate passing, and strategic decision-making.

#34. Billy Vunipola

Powerful English number eight known for his physicality and ball-carrying abilities. A key player in both the national team and Saracens, bringing impact and strength to every game.

Billy Vunipola of England in possession ahead of Kazuki Himeno of Japan during the Autumn International Series match between England and Japan at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on Saturday 12th November 2022 | Photo: James Fearn/PPAUK.

#33. Joe Marler

Experienced English prop known for his scrummaging skills and strong work ethic. A determined player who brings both intensity and humor to the team.

Joe Marler of England Rugby during the Six Nations Championship match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on February 26th 2021. – PHOTO: Phil Mingo/PPAUK

#32. Steve Thompson

Former England hooker and World Cup winner in 2003. A dynamic player who combined technical skill with physicality, contributing to England’s success on the international stage.

#31. Will Carling

Former England captain and center known for his leadership and playmaking abilities. Led England to multiple Five Nations victories and played a significant role in their success.