Owen Farrell’s candid confession about his chat with the referees | Tech US News


Owen Farrell will continue to lead England on his way after being reinstated as captain for the autumn opener against Argentina at Twickenham on Sunday.

Farrell will take over at inside center after recovering from a concussion that threatened his participation in training ahead of next year’s crucial World Cup group clash.

With growing doubts over Courtney Lawes’ involvement in the Autumn Nations Series as he struggles with his own head injury, Eddie Jones has ignored the leadership claims of Ellis Genge, Jack Nowell and Tom Curry and instead reverted to the talisman of his reign.

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It comes despite the England head coach revealing when naming his squad for the campaign last month that he had replaced Farrell with Lawes, partly because of the Northampton forward’s greater composure when communicating with referees.

Dealing with officials is a key part of the business and Farrell has given deep thought to an approach that has at times felt confrontational, but no changes will be made at the expense of his own personality.

“I would say the challenge for me is obviously the way I play the game, the way I present myself in the moments when I play,” said Farrell, who last managed England against Australia a year ago.

“It’s not always what I say, sometimes it’s about making sure you’re sending the right message.

“There are different captains all over the world. It was really, really quiet, which is good.

“There were also some explosive ones that were really good. A few are still knocking. I want to be me and I want to work on becoming a better me.”

Lawes and Curry have captained England in place of Farrell over the past year, but the Saracens player refuses to see his re-appointment as a source of prestige.

“Right now I’m just focused on growing the management team and our only focus. And not just a group, a way to leave room for other people to lead as well,” he said.

“The more we focus on the outside, the more we don’t deal with it, for me. I’ve never been overly concerned about what’s going on outside. And I don’t think I’ll start now.

“There’s definitely pride, of course there is, but we’re all focused on how we can grow as a group.”

As well as overseeing operations against Argentina, Farrell must help Marcus Smith unleash destructive center Manu Tuilagi to the most devastating effect.

This is the first time Jones’ favorite midfield trio have been able to start together due to injuries to Farrell and Tuilagi.

“Manu has certain qualities that no other center in England has,” Jones said.

“He has strength, he can run the line, he can carry defenders with him and he can create a fastball.

“If he can generate that fastball in center field, it’s about the ability of the 10 and 12 to make that play. This is an opportunity. It should be fun to watch.”


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