Owen Farrell’s brother will qualify to play for England's Six Nations rival - Ruck

Owen Farrell’s brother will qualify to play for England’s Six Nations rival

The younger son of Andy Farrell, the father of former England captain Owen Farrell, could potentially qualify to play for Ireland in the Six Nations.

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This sets the scene for a potential future match-up with his older sibling. Andy Farrell, now the head coach for Ireland since 2019, made a significant decision to move his family to Dublin, a pivotal choice for their rugby journey.

This move was influenced by his marriage to Colleen O’Loughlin, the sister of his former Wigan teammate, Sean O’Loughlin. This union has resulted in a family of four children, including Owen and Gabriel.

In 2019, as a result of their move to Ireland, Andy’s younger son Gabriel may become eligible to play for the Irish national team through residency, if not through ancestry. The final decision on whether Gabriel will pursue a professional rugby career remains in the balance.

Sons of Paul O'Connell and Andy Farrell

He said: “Everyone from the north-west of England is from Ireland anyway. You go from Liverpool straight across the east Lancs to Manchester and it’s full of Irish. I’ve got [Dublin] ancestry that goes back three or four generations, and so has my wife.

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“The big move for us, and anyone else from Wigan, is to move down south. That’s the big move,” he adds, smiling. “Coming to Ireland and living in Dublin is almost like going home for me. Just the people and family-type atmosphere.”

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Andy and Owen both played together for English Premiership team Saracens and there was big competition between them. 

“He says he never lets me win,” said Owen. “But I always win anyway.”

Andy, in 2020, proudly shared that Gabriel’s rugby development is progressing rapidly and that he is already surpassing the achievements of his older brother Owen at the same age.

Gabriel, who att dedication to honing his goal-kicking skills indicates that he is on a promising path to becoming a talented young rugby player.

“Early again” – England given easy group in 2027 Rugby World Cup draw

The Rugby World Cup 2027 draw is scheduled to occur in January 2026, providing a unique scenario with a full two years of international competition still to unfold.

This early draw will utilize the World Rankings as of the conclusion of November 2025 to determine the seeding of participating teams.

During the draw, the 24 participating teams will be divided into six pools, each consisting of four teams. Notably, this draw will transpire before the regional qualifiers have concluded, resulting in a dual-world approach.

On one side, we have the twelve automatic qualifiers from the 2023 Rugby World Cup, confirmed by their names. On the other side, the regional qualifiers will be represented as Africa 1, Europe 1, Europe 2, and so forth.

Rugby World Cup 2027 is set to be hosted in Australia, marking the eleventh edition of the Men’s Rugby World Cup and the third time it will take place in Australia. The country previously co-hosted the inaugural Rugby World Cup with New Zealand in 1987 and served as the sole host in 2003.

With the current World Rankings in mind, let’s delve into how the 2027 Rugby World Cup will shape up via Rugby Centre.

2027 Rugby World Cup draw (Current rankings)

POOL A

  • South Africa
  • Australia
  • Portugal
  • Spain

POOL B

  • France
  • Fiji
  • Tonga
  • Chile
Antoine Dupont of France during the Guinness Six Nations match between England and France at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on Saturday 11th March 2023 | Photo: James Fearn/PPAUK.

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