Great Britain rugby league captain Andy Farrell switched codes to union and signed for Saracens on this day in 2005.
The Rugby Football Union (RFU) confirmed Farrell’s three-year contract with Sarries.
Current Ireland head coach Farrell had enjoyed 13 heavily-decorated years at Wigan, winning 34 caps for Great Britain and 11 for England.
“Wigan and Saracens have been very co-operative and I’d like to thank them for all their help over the last few weeks.”
A string of injuries delayed Farrell’s Saracens debut until 2006 but he went on to make his England bow in the Six Nations the following year.
Injuries continued to hamper Farrell at every turn and he only managed eight caps, although he did go to the 2007 World Cup where defending champions England were beaten finalists.
Farrell helped the British and Irish Lions to a series win in Australia in 2013 but lost his England job after the 2015 World Cup, where head coach Stuart Lancaster’s side became the worst-performing hosts in tournament history.
The 46-year-old became Ireland defence coach in 2016.
He succeeded Joe Schmidt as head coach following the 2019 World Cup and on Saturday won his first silverware in the role as Ireland won the Six Nations title with victory over England to complete the Grand Slam.