England captain Owen Farrell has joked that he has to pre-arrange times to hold video chats with father Andy now that he has become Ireland head coach.
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The two will be in opposing camps in the Autumn Nations Cup at Twickenham on Saturday with Ireland looking to avenge their 24-12 defeat at the same venue in February.
"I have to book in with him now! I haven't seen him for a long time, but we obviously still speak as anyone would do, normally," Farrell said.
Farrell senior, a dual code international, was promoted from defence coach to take charge of Ireland once Joe Schmidt left after last autumn's World Cup.
"It is a step up but it is something he has always wanted and it's good he has got this opportunity now," Owen Farrell said.
"He has put his own stamp on it a bit, with a lot that's been learnt while being involved with Ireland before he took over. I guess he's hoping it is a progression.
"It is a step-up, but it is something he has always wanted and it's good he has got this opportunity now."
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