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Andy Farrell before Ireland’s Six Nations defeat to England at Twickenham in February. BRENDAN MORAN/SPORTSFILE

Andy Farrell before Ireland’s Six Nations defeat to England at Twickenham in February. BRENDAN MORAN/SPORTSFILE

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Andy Farrell before Ireland’s Six Nations defeat to England at Twickenham in February. BRENDAN MORAN/SPORTSFILE

When Andy Farrell sat in his seat in the west stand in Twickenham on a Sunday afternoon last February and saw himself on the big screen a lot more than usual because of the hole Ireland were in, it was easy to wonder if asked himself: "What the hell have I let myself in for?"

Ireland were being bullied on the pitch by an England team captained and moulded in the ferociously competitive personality of Farrell's son, Owen.

Farrell Snr questioned after the 24-12 defeat whether he had got Ireland's build-up right. Sure, there was the harmless entertainment of Bono serving supper to Johnny Sexton.


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