Talented rugby player who played multiple positions in both the rugby league and rugby union, before transitioning to coaching.
He started playing in the Graeme West youth system at age 10, and by 16, he was called up to the team.
He was on the British national team in the Super League Test series against Australia in 1997.
In 1995, he married Colleen Farrell. His son, Owen Farrell, also played in the rugby union and rugby league. He has daughters, Gracie and Alisha.
He and Chris Ashton started out in rugby playing for the Wigan Warriors rugby league club.