A brilliant option-taker and athlete, he worked on his scrum-half skills until he possessed the best No.9 pass off either hand in the world - including practising passing with house bricks to build up his wrists.
A lawyer by profession, Farr-Jones made his debut alongside the soon-to-retire stand-off Mark Ella against England at Twickenham on the Wallabies Grand Slam tour of 1984.
He would go on to lead his country a record 36 times in Tests, finishing with a 23-12-1 record; two of those losses coming against the Lions in 1989 when he had a fierce, physical battle of legendary proportions with Welsh opposite number Robert Jones.
If that 1-2 series loss to the Lions was a low point, undoubtedly the finest moment of his rugby career arrived when, despite struggling with injury, he led Australia on their victorious World Cup campaign in 1991, defeating England at Twickenham in the final.
More success followed with Bledisloe Cup triumph in 1992 and, after Australia's record 26-3 win over South Africa in the August of that year, he announced his retirement from the game.
However, the Wallabies had no immediate successor and after an injury to Peter Slattery, the Australian management persuaded him back in to the international arena for the home series against South Africa in 1993.
Despite losing the first Test in Sydney, Australia fought back to level in Brisbane and then produced one of their best performances to win the third Test a week later - thus winning the series 2-1. It was a fitting stage for Farr-Jones to finally call it a day. A committed Christian, Farr-Jones also works as a rugby pundit on Australia TV.