After England’s sorry capitulation to France in the Six Nations on Sunday, many in the rugby union community are coming round to the idea that the defection of Great Britain captain Andy Farrell from League to Union would be no bad thing.
So, assuming that Farrell (and perhaps more importantly, his injured knee) is up for challenge and the RFU are willing to splash the cash, the obvious question remains what Premiership club would he be playing for? The popular first guess was Sale (close to home and his old Wigan mucker Jason Robinson is playing there as captain), but they poured scorn on the idea and sent everyone scurrying back to the drawing board. The rumour mill got back to work and has ground out another solution : London Wasps.
With Wasps coach Warren Gatland departing at the end of the season, the assumption is that his assistant, Shaun Edwards, will be taking over. Edwards is, of course, a legend of rugby league and won trophy after trophy at Wigan where he played alongside….Andy Farrell. All adds up nicely, doesn’t it? Maybe not. It is likely that Farrell will look to play in any one of the three back row positions and at Wasps, two places are currently occupied by internationals Joe Worsley and Jonny O’Connor. The third belongs to one Lawrence Dallaglio…and he isn’t going anywhere.
Meanwhile, Super League kicked off on Sunday and the London Broncos are feeling glad all over. Not only did they start their season with a 28-24 victory over Warrington, but they’ve also just announced the capture of New Zealand international Vinnie Anderson. Let’s see where they go from here.