When the weekend kicks in, you only think of relaxation, good times and more importantly, no work! But the main event kicks off in the afternoons at stadiums and institutional playing fields, sports we are talking about. One of the most popular games is rugby, I mean, who does not love rugby action seriously speaking. The game is famous for the adrenaline rush, spectacular moments, masculinity, time rush, and fun moments. In this article, we will be looking at one of the most influential rugby pros there is in England, as a matter of fact, the captain of the national rugby team. His name is Owen Farrell, so hang tight as you get a first-hand tour of his career and personal life.
Personal Life Biography
Owen Andrew Farrell is an English international flyhalf born into a family of four on 24th September 1991 in Billinge, Wigan. Both his mother and father are of Irish descent, though. Rugby, to him, was in the family genes as his father Andy Farrell played professional rugby as well. Rugby made them move to Harpenden, Hertfordshire, as the Premiership side Saracens signed his father in 2005.
Due to his father’s influential, Owen followed in his dad’s footsteps and got introduced into rugby union at the age of 14. This is after he featured for hometown side Wigan St Patricks’ at the tender age of eight years old. It is only fair to point out that rugby runs in his family since his uncle Sean O’Loughlin is also a rugby league legend, winning 34 caps in his career for Great Britain.
Owen grew up with three siblings, two sisters and one brother. His sisters are Grace and Elishia, while his brother is called Gabriel. Owen is currently married to his long-time partner Georgina Farrell, and they are blessed with a son born in March 2019, Tommy Farrell. Farrell, 27, married his long-term partner Georgie Lyon in the summer of 2018. They currently reside together with their son and dog, Ron, in Hertfordshire. Georgina shies away from the public eye and is only seen when she has to. Spoiler alert, they got married in an elite ceremony.
Even at the early stages of his career, Owen managed to put on a show worthy of praise. Owen was the youngest ever player to feature ina rugby union side at just seventeen years of age. He starred in a game between Saracens and Lanelle Scarlets at the EDF Energy cup held in 2008, though they lost the game to the visitors. His record for being the youngest player was short-lived as it was later on broken the year after by Leicester tiger George Ford.
Owen professional rugby club Saracens following his dad’s footsteps. He was instrumental to the club in different encounters. Later on, in the 2010-11 season, Owen took another course in his career and signed for Bedford Blues. The move was on loan as he still returned to the club and made his mark at the premiership final the same season. In that last encounter against undisputed champs Leicester Tigers, Owen proved his worth by scoring five penalties and one conversion. That was enough to see Saracens emerge victorious against their opponents.
Moving down the path of glory, Owen also proved his worthiness again at the 2014-15 season final match, where he scored a try and other kicking points for his side as they went on to lift the title. The final game also saw him clinch the man of the match award.
His success did not stop there as he went on to be named the Saracens fans player of the seasonafter he went on a scoring streak in the final match of the European rugby championship 2016. He received the recognition of the top points after yielding a total of 129 points in that tournament.
International Call Up
Owen starred for the national team at the u-18 and U-20 categories. Then he received call up to join the elite squad in 2012 for the Six Nations Cup. At that competition, Owen made his debut against Scotland taking the centre position. And afterwards, he was also named in the British and Irish Lions tour team squad in 2013. He got his way into the starting line up on June 1st, where they won 59-8 against the Barbarians.
Owen progressed well with his career until 2015, when he suffered a knee injury that ruled him out of the Six NationsCup. Upon recovery, he received a call up to feature in the 2015 World Cup squad. He was instrumental in their games starring in a win against Fiji, loss to Wales and Australia.
In 2016, he was named among the starting XV for England during the 2016 Six Nations Championship. Later in 2018, Owen was named as the captain of the England National team. He led the team towards the Japan 2019 World Cup, where they were impressive and reached the final thrashing the All Blacks in the semi-finals. They reached the final but were not lucky enough to secure the title as South Africa emerged victoriously. In total, Owen Farrell has 83 appearances for the national squad in his career as of 2019.
More Than Just A Rugby Player
An interesting fact about Owen that most people did not know is that he is dedicated to charity work. The underlying reason for his gesture whenever he scores a point is because of this charity in Duchene. Owen celebrates by linking index fingers to form a ‘JJ’ sign, which stands for Joining Jack charity. Also, he features in a famous online slot game, Rugby Star. If you are a fan of Farrell, do visit the video slot and make some tackles. Even with this rugby heavyweights name behind it, the game still pales in popularity to those titles such as Starburst, Book of Dead and Rainbow Riches. Other rugby players surrounded Owen’s school life due to his early start in rugby career, notably one of his schoolmate’s fellow national team player George Ford. Many fans may not know, but Owen went to business school. Yes, Owen attended Hertfordshire university to study business. Now you know.
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