Owen will be up against father Farrell for first time on Saturday

Owen Farrell comes up against his father Andy for the first time when England face Ireland on Saturday
Owen Farrell comes up against his father Andy for the first time when England face Ireland on Saturday
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Saracens fly-half Owen Farrell will be up against his father Andy for the first time when England and Ireland lock horns in the final round of the ongoing Six Nations tournament.

Andy, 41, has been part of Wigan, Saracens and England during his playing career and is currently the defence coach of Ireland - a post he took over in 2016 after removed from a similar role with the red rose team when Eddie Jones took in charge.

On the other hand Owen has made a steady progress under Jones and has been tipped as one of the contender to replace Dylan Hartley as the skipper of the England team.

England will head to Aviva Stadium on Saturday in search of their second successive Grand Slam title which will make them only the sixth team to do so while Ireland will be hoping to avert a defeat in their third Triple Crown match under one championship - something that happened way back in 1998.

"We don't really joke about it. It's not like he's playing the game, there's only one of us playing in it and he's obviously got a coaching role," Owen said.

"I think the only person it will affect is my mum, not us. She just wants everyone to do well. She wants 3-0 England I think!"

England are currently on a 18-match winning streak and Owen has played an integral role in helping the red rose team achieve the milestone.

Andy will have his task cut out of devising plan to derail Owen and George Ford and the Saracens playmaker is upbeat about the challenge ahead.

"I guess we'll see. Ireland are a good team so I'm sure it'll be a tough challenge.

"We don't speak to each other every day. We speak to each other what I would say is the normal amount, as any family would.

"We chat a bit of rugby, but we also have general chat as families would."

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