After an extraordinary dual code rugby career that brought 34 Great Britain caps and 11 for England in the 13-a-side game and eight in Union, Andy Farrell OBE became the England backs coach for the 2012 RBS 6 Nations Championship and in June was appointed to rejoin the coaching team on a three-and-a-half year contract extending to January 31, 2016.
He originally came to the RFU last winter on a secondment from Saracens, where he was the first team coach after playing for the Watford-based club. Andy said: “I had seven very special years with Saracens and the club will always have a fond place in my heart. I am grateful for the help they have given me as a player and a coach.”
His countless honours in rugby league featured the captaincy of Wigan, for whom he made 370 appearances from 1991-2004 and scored 3,135 points, comprising 111 tries, 1,336 successful place kicks and 19 drop goals. He played at loose forward, lock, stand off and prop, was famed for his cultured left boot and earned the reputation of being among rugby league's most accurate goal-kickers.
In 2004, he achieved the rare double of the Golden Boot, awarded to world's leading player, and Man of Steel, which goes to the best player in the British Super League. He had also been the youngest national team captain at the age of 21 after emerging through the Orrell St James club.
His glittering career included five championship titles and four challenge cups before he moved to rugby union on a contract with Saracens and the RFU in 2005. He had been appointed OBE for services to rugby league the previous year.
Injuries interrupted Andy’s union career and he won all his England caps in 2007, making his debut against Scotland at Twickenham in the RBS 6 Nations and scoring his only Test try on his final appearance against Tonga in a RWC pool match. His first representative match in the 15-a-side game had been for a World XV against a South African XV at the Walkers Stadium, Leicester in December 2006. He retired at the age of 33 in April 2009.
Andy, who assisted England Saxons under Stuart Lancaster in the triumphant 2010 Churchill Cup, was skills coach for Saracens. Then in his initial season as head coach he guided them to their first Aviva Premiership title in May 2011.