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A dad at 16, a Wigan star at 17 and Great Britain captain at 21 - the making of Andy Farrell, Ireland head coach

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A 16-year-old Andy Farrell (top left) celebrates with his Wigan Academy team-mates including Jason Robinson after completing the League and Cup double in 1991. A severely weakened Orrell St James U14 side, with Farrell - fourth from right on the back - playing stand-off, took on the combined forces of Hull and won by over 70 points (middle left).  Andrew Farrell, as he was called as a child, proudly holds the trophy (bottom left) after Lancashire U11s beat Yorkshire U11s in annual "War of the Roses" clash.

A 16-year-old Andy Farrell (top left) celebrates with his Wigan Academy team-mates including Jason Robinson after completing the League and Cup double in 1991. A severely weakened Orrell St James U14 side, with Farrell - fourth from right on the back - playing stand-off, took on the combined forces of Hull and won by over 70 points (middle left). Andrew Farrell, as he was called as a child, proudly holds the trophy (bottom left) after Lancashire U11s beat Yorkshire U11s in annual "War of the Roses" clash.

A 16-year-old Andy Farrell (top left) celebrates with his Wigan Academy team-mates including Jason Robinson after completing the League and Cup double in 1991. A severely weakened Orrell St James U14 side, with Farrell - fourth from right on the back - playing stand-off, took on the combined forces of Hull and won by over 70 points (middle left). Andrew Farrell, as he was called as a child, proudly holds the trophy (bottom left) after Lancashire U11s beat Yorkshire U11s in annual "War of the Roses" clash.

THE man with the child in his eyes. Central Park, Wigan. June, 1985.

Haydn Walker can still see him now, the kid with the grown-up name; the abbreviated Andy would come later. As a boy, everyone called him Andrew.


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