Family won’t come first

Andy and Owen Farrell insist their personal relationship will have no affect on their working one ahead of England's 6 Nations campaign. [more]

Family won’t come first

Andy and Owen Farrell insist their personal relationship will have no affect on their working one ahead of England’s 6 Nations campaign.

The father and son are linking up with England for the first time, with Andy having been appointed backs coach under Stuart Lancaster and Owen in line for a debut following a fine first half of the season with Saracens.

Questions have been asked as to how impartial Andy will be before the tournament opener against Scotland a week on Saturday but the former rugby league great insists it will be business as usual as far as he is concerned.

"It's good when you get home to be a father again and talk rugby with your son but when you get to the club or the England camp he's a player that I coach just like the rest of the players and that is how it has been from day one," said Andy.

"Owen was in the Saracens Academy when I first started coaching and we don't know any different.

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"I haven’t even had a chance to talk to him at this camp so far. We have been here four days and we have had a lot to do so I have not had a chance to talk to him other than rugby, and I suppose that is the way it will be till Scotland.

"As a coaching group we will make the right call for this group and that's the only way to do it. We will discuss what's right for our philosophy of play and how we want to play and we'll pick a team accordingly."

As for Owen, the 20-year-old echoed similar sentiments in the lead up to a likely England bow at outside centre.

"I forget about that he's my dad, definitely," added Owen.

"Even when he wasn't a coach and he came and watched me play and talked to me after the game about what I had done right and done wrong, it wasn't any normal dad speaking to you.

"He has had massive experience so you massively respect what he says.

"I'm not trying to live up to what he has done either. I'm my own player, I take things from what he has done in the past and I've tried to learn from what he has done and ask him questions and that has stood me in good stead."

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