- Ireland coach to succeed Warren Gatland for 2025 tour
- Farrell Jr already odds-on to become Lions captain
It has been obvious for months that Andy Farrell would lead the British & Irish Lions’ 2025 tour to Australia, which made his coronation in central London a mostly ceremonial affair. The only bigger certainty was that the new boss would have to field multiple questions about his son Owen’s next move, specifically whether a potential switch to France’s Top 14 might reduce the fly-half’s chances of selection.
The current answer is no, despite Owen’s recent decision to step aside from playing Test rugby for England. Farrell senior made clear that all players resident overseas would be eligible for the tour, a precedent having been set by, among others, the Paris-based Finn Russell in 2021. As the 48-year-old bluntly put it: “We’ll consider everyone in regards to whether they will make a difference to the Lions touring party. That’s all that matters.”
Written by Robert Kitson
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