Chris Farrell is from Fivemiletown, a village in south Tyrone and a short distance from the border with Fermanagh, he played centre half for a local team.
Bernard Jackman has tipped Grenoble’s former Ulster centre Chris Farrell as a dark horse for Joe Schmidt’s Ireland World Cup squad.
Jackman, Farrell’s head coach at Grenoble, has been impressed with the progress of the powerhouse centre, who joined the French side at the end of last season.
“He got here and everybody has been really unbelievably impressed with him in terms of what a good athlete he is,” the former Ireland hooker said on the RTÉ Rugby Podcast.
“We went to Argentina for a pre-season tour and he got a little stress fracture in his foot, which set him back about five weeks.
“He played against Oyonnax two weeks ago, which was his first game – first real game in probably two years – and he did well enough to start against Racing. And he got a great try [against Racing]; he ran a very good line.
“For me, it was the stuff outside of that try: his passing, for a big, physical centre, his range of passing and his decision-making on the ball is phenomenal……… see the full story on :- http://www.irishtimes.com/sport/rugby/chris-farrell-launches-his-climb-back-to-the-top-at-foot-of-the-alps-1.1948222