Andy Farrell

The British

& Irish Lions

Tour to New Zealand 2017

Andy Farrell

Andy Farrell

Assistant Coach

Born: 30 May, 1975 | Wigan

Andy Farrell was a dual-code international. He played 370 times for Wigan in rugby league between 1991-2004, scoring 3,135 points, 111 tries and helping them to win five championship titles and four challenge cups. A global superstar in the 13-a-side game, he captained Great Britain at the age of 21 and in 2004 won both the Golden Boot Award, presented to the world's leading player, and the Man of Steel title, which goes to the best player in the British Super League. He made 34 appearances for Great Britain and won 11 England RL caps.

He switched codes in 2005, when he joined Saracens, and won the first of his eight England caps against Scotland in 2007. All his rugby union Test appearances came in 2007, including three games at the Rugby World Cup.

Injuries forced him to retire from playing at the age of 33, in April 2009, when he became a skills coach at Saracens. He assisted England Saxons in their triumphant 2010 Churchill Cup campaign, before guiding Saracens as head coach to their first Aviva Premiership title in May 2011. He became the England backs coach for the 2012 6 Nations and in June was appointed to rejoin the coaching team on a three-and-a-half year contract extending to January 31, 2016. He has been appointed as an assistant coach for the 2013 Lions with responsibility for defence.