Great Britain rugby league captain Andy Farrell changed the codes to unity and signed Saracens This day in 2005.

This Rugby Football Union (RFU) has approved Farrell’s three-year contract with Sarries.

Flow Ireland head coach Farrell spent 13 years heavily decorated. WiganHe won 34 matches for Great Britain and 11 for England.

“Andrew is an outstanding player who is an excellent ambassador for rugby league on and off the field, and we believe he will do the same in rugby union,” said RFU CEO Francis Baron.

“Wigan and Saracens have been very cooperative and I want to thank them for all their help over the past few weeks.”

A series of injuries delayed Farrell’s Saracens debut until 2006, but he continued to subdue England in the Six Nations the following year.

Injuries continued to hinder Farrell at every turn, and he only made eight appearances despite making his way to the 2007 World Cup, where the defending champions beat the finalists for England.

Farrell followed a successful coaching career, influencing the Saracens before joining England’s backroom team in 2012.

Farrell helped the British and Irish Lions land a series win in Australia in 2013, but lost his job in England after the 2015 World Cup, when head coach Stuart Lancaster’s team was the worst-performing host in the tournament’s history.

The 46-year-old became the Irish defensive coach in 2016.

He replaced Joe Schmidt as head coach following the 2019 World Cup and on Saturday earned his first silver in the role as Ireland completed the Grand Slam by beating England for the Six Nations title.