Owen Farrell ready to upend family ties against Ireland: ‘We’ve been hurt since last week’
Captain Owen Farrell wants to put England back on the winning track after a humiliating defeat to France, but he will be back on Saturday with his own father, the coach of Ireland’s Grand Slam chase team. He will face Andy Farrell. “It’s not weird for the two of us,” he said. “We’re just doing our job.”
Last updated: 17/03/23 21:39
England captain Owen Farrell has admitted his mother Colleen is in an enviable position in trying to disown her father, while Ireland coach Andy Farrell picked up Grand Slam glory on Saturday.
The Farrell family’s personal situation is a major subplot towards Saturday’s sold-out Dublin showdown, where the host’s odds-on favorites complete a Six Nations sweep.
Flyhalf Farrell intends to ruin the St. Patrick’s Weekend Party at Aviva Stadium after being recalled by Steve Borthwick after starting on the bench in a 53-10 draw against France last weekend. .
The 31-year-old insists it’s business as usual for him and his father, but admits it’s a difficult situation for relatives who are stuck in a dilemma.
“It’s not weird for both of us,” he said. “For the supporting family, especially my mother, it’s probably a little bit weirder.
“She says she doesn’t know what she wants to do. It’s probably a little difficult for her. Well, I know that.
“But as for us, we’re just doing our job. He’s not on the field. It’s not direct competition.
“We’ve been doing it for a long time. This is not the first time.”
Rivalry aside, the Saracen player was greatly impressed by what his father had accomplished on the other side of the Irish Sea.
“Ireland are doing very well so far and heading towards a Grand Slam which will be a huge opportunity for them.”They are flying quickly.
“They didn’t just become the best in the world, and our family takes great pride in the work he does.
Farrell Jr. believes he’s worked out the kicking problems he endured before being demoted for a record-breaking humiliation by the Frenchman.
He claims that England is far better than unacceptable results and has conducted a thorough investigation.
“Obviously it’s been a little bit of a pain since last week,” he said.
“We want to take a step forward, we’re going to play our best and we’re looking forward to it.
“Two good teams working on it. In the back of the last week, everyone, especially from the outside, is very depressed about where we are now.
“There is no doubt that we are better than that and we are looking forward to the game.
“It wasn’t good enough, never in England’s shirt.
“We’ve been looking at it closely. We’re probably closer than anyone else. We’re looking at what we can do better, and we’re trying to make that happen on the field tomorrow.”