Six Nations 2020: Andy Farrell is destined to be England coach and can prove it with Ireland at Twickenham – The Sun

Six Nations 2020: Andy Farrell is destined to be England coach and can prove it with Ireland at Twickenham – The Sun

ANDY FARRELL would no doubt love coming back as England’s head honcho.

Some people are made for the international arena – and Big Faz is one of those.

He is in a very good position to be a future England coach if everything continues to go as well with Ireland.

And once you do four years with a major nation people come knocking – and having worked at Twickenham before, you would have to have him top of the list.

Andy and I made our England debuts around the same time in 2007.

It was immediately clear he was a strong voice of authority in a back line including the experienced Jonny Wilkinson and Mike Tindall.

And Faz, then already 31, knew he didn’t have time to feel his way in before the World Cup – he was straight in with his ideas, there is no point holding back.

Playing-wise, he had only made the conversion from league to union in 2005 and was not the legend he had been in rugby league with Wigan and Great Britain.

But it was clear he was a leader with experience at the highest level.

There were glimpses of his playing ability and skill-set, but what struck me was how driven he was to help the team.

I never saw any favouritism, probably the opposite and he might be a bit harder on his kid. As much as Owen might have got annoyed and p****d off, he always respected him.

Then of course he was part of the coaching set-up for that infamous 2015 World Cup.

Ironically that coaching group were the most harmonious I had worked with in England, despite going out in the group stages.

Faz is a great motivator and very clear in his messages – an all-round good guy who has a great balance in the way he is, on and off the training pitch.

He is highly driven to become the best coach he can but gets the balance right within camp and enjoys the banter and light- hearted moments, which is critical to break up the pressure.

The sounds coming out of the Irish camp are that he has brought that balance, which perhaps was missing before.

The dynamic with him and his son Owen was also pretty unique when they were together in the England camp.

I never saw any favouritism, probably the opposite and he might be a bit harder on his kid. As much as Owen might have got annoyed and p****d off, he always respected him.

I don’t think Owen ever really got stick when his dad came into the coaching set-up – not as much as he should have anyway!

It’s not just Big Faz coming back to Twickenham for today’s clash, though. Ireland’s new attack coach Mike Catt, who played in the 2003 World Cup win, will also have an influence.

I enjoyed Catty as a coach. He was always open to ideas if you approached him. He had tons of energy and was always smiling.

The subplot here is fascinating. Any extra nuggets of intel on England these two can give the Irish make it very interesting to see how it plays out.

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