Andy Farrell OBE is dual-code international that has represented England in both Rugby Union and Rugby League. A childhood prodigy, Andy’s natural talent was obvious and he continued to develop upon his potential to become the youngest player to make his senior league debut aged just 16. Farrell has experienced tremendous success in both disciplines of rugby and his expertise and brilliance have transferred extraordinarily well to the world of coaching as he continues to flourish as the defence coach for the Ireland rugby team. An incredibly well respected and cherished figure in sport, Andy Farrell OBE works extensively across the nation as a rugby speaker working at a host of events and functions sharing his vast experience and knowledge with audiences.
The father of current England rugby star Owen, Andy Farrell became the youngest winner of the Challenge Cup aged 17 years old before progressing further and becoming the youngest full international at 18 and the youngest Player of the Year in 1994. All of these accomplishments show how remarkably talented Andy was as a player allowing him to discuss topics such as coping with expectations and maximising success during his work as a rugby speaker. Farrell’s experiences and knowledge of peak performance make him one of the most sought after and desirable rugby speakers as he is able to intricately elaborate on these facets both as a high performing player and coach for both after dinner and event engagements.
Andy made his debut for Rugby League team Wigan Warriors in 1991 where he showed his natural born leadership ability ensuring he would go on to captain the team while going on to make 370 appearances for the club as well as contributing with a staggering 2,693 points including a record breaking season in which he scored a breath-taking 429 points. Andy enjoyed numerous successes with Wigan, winning four Challenge Cup titles along with five Championship honours. These experiences and winning campaigns allow Andy to eloquently and passionately explain what is required to succeed and provide fascinating insight and content as a rugby speaker.
Renowned for his tremendous physicality, deft touch and cutting edge vision, Andy began to attract the attention of multiple Rugby Union clubs and in 2005 he eventually decided to take on the challenge of a new discipline and signed with Saracens. Despite an injury-strewn start to his new career, Andy made his try-scoring debut in 2006 and it wasn’t long before England coaches required Andy’s experience and prowess despite his relatively recent transition to this code of the game. Andy became an elemental figure within the International team, making eight appearances at the 2007 Six Nations and Rugby World Cup providing him with tremendous experiences, insights and teachings along with a host of tales and anecdotes to share as a rugby speaker.
Andy’s invaluable experience of knowing how to achieve peak performance in multiple sports as well as leading a team to resounding success make Farrell a highly desirable commodity as a rugby speaker on the after dinner speaking circuit. Andy retired from playing in 2009 and took on a coaching role at Saracens where he immediately made an impact transferring his knowledge and expertise to become a key member of the Premiership winning team of 2010/2011. Following Andy’s success in a coaching environment, he got the call from the English RFU to fill the position of Back’s coach, rejuvenating the side from a poor World Cup performance. Working with national team once again reinforced Andy’s outstanding coaching credentials as well as adding further content to his work as a rugby speaker.
Farrell is one of the nation’s born leaders and a rugby superstar, as a rugby speaker and keynote speaker, Andy provides an insight into exactly what is needed to succeed in sport and as a leader of elite athletes on an international stage. Still heavily involved in the game and thriving in his role as a coach for Ireland, Andy Farrell OBE is available to hire as a rugby speaker where he is certain to captivate and enthral is audience with wonderful stories from both codes of Rugby, International sport and coaching while discussing what it is like to have a national sporting sensation and son follow in his footsteps.