England star Owen Farrell reveals his family are torn ahead of this weekend’s crunch Six Nations showdown… with coach dad Andy plotting to steer tournament favourites Ireland to Grand Slam glory in Dublin
- England will take on Six Nations favourites Ireland in Dublin on Saturday evening
- Owen Farrell’s children are staying at grandparents’ house near the Stadium
- Andy jokingly told his grandchildren to wear Ireland jerseys for the match
Owen Farrell revealed his family are torn between wearing England and Ireland jerseys for Saturday’s Six Nations finale in Dublin.
Owen will go head to head with his dad, Andy, whose Ireland side are on track to clinch the Grand Slam in front of a home crowd.
Owen’s children are staying at their grandparents’ house near the Aviva Stadium and were stood on the sidelines on Friday for Ireland’s captain’s run.
Asked if it is strange facing his father’s team, Owen said: ‘It’s not weird for us two. It’s probably a bit more weird for the family that’s supporting. Especially, probably 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. 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, as well.’
Owen Farrell has revealed his family are torn between wearing England and Ireland jerseys
Andy Farrell (pictured with his grandchild, Tommy) has been Ireland’s head coach since 2019
Ireland will win the Six Nations if they beat England at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday evening
Andy jokingly told his grandchildren to wear Ireland jerseys for Saturday’s St Patrick’s weekend fixture.
All of the family have tickets for the big match and Owen added: ‘They came over on the ferry and they are staying at their granddad’s house.
‘He is not there – they are staying with my mum. They have got England shirts and my brother, he has got both, I don’t think my sisters have got them both.. I assume that they will be wearing England jerseys but I see they are trying to sway him!’
Since being sacked by England after the disastrous 2015 World Cup campaign, Andy has steered Ireland to the top of the world rankings.
And Owen revealed his pride in his father’s achievements, saying: ‘They’re flying at the minute. They’re not number one in the world for nothing and regardless, there’s definitely a lot of pride in our family for the job that he’s doing.’
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