THE Farrell household had more good news to celebrate last night after young Connor Farrell was named in the England academy squad – just days after older brother Liam starred for England Knights.
Wigan provide a quarter of the 24-man academy touring party to Australia, with Connor joined by George Williams, Joe Burgess, Lewis Tierney, Ryan Hampshire and Ryan Sutton.
Liam said: “It’s an honour for us to get picked for our country.”
The forward hopes the siblings’ progress will continue to gather pace as he targets a call-up into the full England squad in the future.
Having helped the Knights to a 62-4 victory over Ireland on Saturday, the 21-year-old hopes to follow Josh Charnley and Lee Mossop in stepping up from the Knights to the full senior team.
“I’ll be honest, I’m jealous, I wish I was playing for England,” he said. “But I’m really happy for them, and hopefully I’ll get there too if I keep pushing. It was good to be a part of the Knight set-up.
“I was the only Wigan player, so it was pretty lonely!
“It felt weird at first, but I got to know them all and they’re a good set of lads. It was good.”
Liam’s parents, Lynn and Kevin, watched his match at Langtree Park – just a day after Connor had secured his academy squad place with a starring role in a 38-18 victory over their France counterparts.
Three years seperate the siblings and Liam added: “We’ve not played together yet but there are plenty of years to come.”
The England academy team take on New South Wales Under-18s and Parramatta Under-18s before facing the Australian schoolboys in a two-Test series. Warriors rugby manager Kris Radlinski said: “I’m really proud, they’re good players and we have high hopes they’ll have good futures in the game.
“I must pay credit to John Winder, Paul Deacon and Matty Peet for their continual hard work.”
England academy depart on July 19 and the 24-man squad features a host of players with Super League experience, including Bradford Bulls forward John Bateman, who will captain the tourists.
As well as the six Warriors, they include five players Leeds Rhinos, three players each from Bradford Bulls, St Helens and Warrington Wolves with two Huddersfield Giants and sole representatives from both Hull FC and Salford Reds.