Sons of Ireland coaches Andy Farrell and Paul O'Connell squared off in schools match - Ruck

Sons of Ireland coaches Andy Farrell and Paul O’Connell squared off in schools match

reland rugby coaches Andy Farrell and Paul O’Connell experienced a unique rivalry earlier this year as their sons faced off in a schools match.

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Farrell and O’Connell, instrumental in Ireland’s recent success, will again join forces as Ireland faces France in the Six Nations this Friday.

In a friendly match, Farrell’s son Gabriel, captain of Blackrock College’s first-year team, went head-to-head with O’Connell’s son Paddy, who captains Limerick’s Castletroy College.

A picture of the young captains was shared by Padraig Flanagan, principal of Castletroy College. He posted: “Lovely picture of Paddy and Gabriel, today’s opposing captains for Castletroy College v Blackrock College 1st year friendly. We wish their dads, Paul and Andy, all the best for Friday night in Marseille.”

Gabriel Farrell’s older brother, Owen Farrell, is a star player for England and one of the world’s top out-halves. Should Gabriel pursue a professional rugby career, it remains uncertain which country he might represent.

Andy Farrell relocated his family to Dublin in 2019 after becoming Ireland’s head coach. Of Irish descent, he has remarked, “Everyone from the north-west of England is from Ireland anyway.”

Meanwhile, Paddy O’Connell, the eldest of Paul O’Connell’s three children, appears to be following in his father’s formidable footsteps.

Over 10,000 people have asked Google whether Owen Farrell could play for Ireland

Over 10,000 rugby fans have Google searched whether former England captain Owen Farrell could potentially swap nations and play for Ireland in the coming years.

This speculation likely arises from his father, Andy Farrell, coaching in Ireland and Owen’s original surname. To date, there have been thousands of searches asking ‘is Owen Farrell Irish?’ and other similar queries.

Andy Farrell has been married to his wife Colleen O’Loughlin since 1995.

The pair met as teenagers with the high school sweethearts have their first child Owen when Colleen has only just turned 17 years old.

As a result, Owen was not at first registered as a Farrell, but took mum Colleen’s family name of O’Loughlin, which some will know is a famous name in rugby league circles.

 The couple married in 1995, changing Owen’s surname to Farrell the following year. They also have three other children, Elleshia, Gracie and Gabriel.

The surname O’Loughlin was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

However, although Farrell certainly has plenty of Irish DNA, he wouldn’t be able to play for Ireland as his Grandad Kieran O’Loughlin, who was a prominent rugby player in the 70’s and 80’s, was born in Wigan and not Ireland.

Under current rules, a player can change to a new country once, provided they or their (grand)parents were born in the new country. A stand-down period of three years applies and a transfer is subject to approval by the World Rugby Regulations Committee.

So is Owen Farrell Irish? Yes. Can Owen Farrell play for Ireland? Probably not.

Owen Farrell’s rugby sh** list includes player he thinks is a ‘posh t***’

Owen Farrell, the English fly-half, has gained a reputation for boldly voicing his viewpoints, particularly when directed at individuals he harbours adverse feelings for.

#1. Dave Attwood

Former England lock Attwood has opened up on the latest RugbyPass Offload about his ongoing rivalry with Owen Farrell.

He revealed: “On the pitch, I struggle a lot with Owen Farrell. We just don’t see eye to eye on a lot of things,

“He hates me with a passion. Despite my earthy roots, he thinks I am a posh c***. He hates that. I bagged rugby league once jovially. I was saying it to take the piss kind of thing, ‘a bloody sport for the peasants’. He f**kin’ hated it.”

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Dave Attwood facts:

He made 157 appearances in Blue, Black and White over an eight-year period during his first spell at Bath before returning in 2022

His debut came against Newcastle Falcons at the beginning of the 2011/12 season after arriving from Gloucester, scoring four tries in his first campaign

The lock quickly established himself as a key player in the Bath pack and excelled at international level too, with 22 of his 24 England caps coming whilst at the Re

The former England international has also played for Bristol (twice), Gloucester and Toulon during his established career