Owen Farrell rugby player
Owen Farrell rugby player

Owen Farrell

24th Sep 1991 1.88m/94kg Fly Half

The son of former England ace and rugby league legend Andy Farrell. Unlike his father he has chosen to start his career in rugby union and is fast becoming one of the biggest names in English rugby circles. He can play at either flyhalf or centre, and his top class game management and superb goal-kicking ability make his a potential superstar.

There is little wonder that he made his England debut at just 21 following an excellent season for Saracens. He was the 2012 Premiership and RPA Young Player of the season. Farrell has shown a maturity beyond his years and his unerring ability with the placed ball should see him make a valued contribution to the tour.

2013 saw Farrell cement his England place and guide Saracens to a Heineken Cup semi-final. After a stellar 2013 6 Nations campaign the young fly-half was selected in 2013 to tour Australia with the British and Irish Lions, where he was selected on the bench for all three test against the Wallabies, he scored 51 points in 7 appearances and made his Lions test debut in the 3rd test after missing the opening two tests.

After recovering from a recent injury, Farrell has become fit and worked his way back into the English squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

He helped Saracens to lift the Premiership title for the second successive year with 13 points in the 28-20 win over Exeter Chiefs in the Twickenham final. In 2015/16, he was the top points-scorer in the European Champions Cup with 127, on way to claiming the Champions Cup title.

Owen missed the start of the 2016/17 Premiership season due to a back problem.

Farrell was included in a six-man shortlist for World Rugby Player of the Year 2016. He started at inside centre in all five of England's matches during the Six Nations, winning his first major international trophy as part of England's Grand Slam-winning side.

Farrell ended the tournament as the leading scorer with 69 points, bringing his overall tally for England to 412 and making him the second-highest points scorer in the history of the England national team, with only Jonny Wilkinson having scored more.

After a successful 2017 6 Nations, Farrell was named in his second British and Irish Lions tour. At the time of selection Farrell has made 52 English caps and 7 Lions caps (1 test)

In May 2017, Farrell was named the RPA Player of the Year for 2017. Farrell was named the EPCR European Player of the Year for 2017 and became the first player to receive the new Anthony Foley Memorial Trophy. Farrell won the award following a combination of public voting and the opinions of a panel of experts.

Farrell started the three tests on the Lions tour of New Zealand, the first of them at fly-half and the other two at inside centre and contributed 31 points in the drawn series.

In August 2017, Farrell signed a new long-term contract with Saracens until 2022.

When signing the deal he had made 152 appearances for Saracens since making his debut in the Anglo-Welsh cup back in 2008 and has firmly established himself as one of the best players in World Rugby and was a nominee for the World Rugby Player of the Year for 2017.

Farrell took his England test cap tally to 58 during the 2018 Six Nations competition and has amassed over 152 caps for Saracens.

Farrell added the 2017/18 Premiership rugby Golden Boot prize to his long list of personal achievements and was named as the England captain for the 2018 Tour to South Africa.

He started and captained England in all three games against the Boks, losing the first two and won the third to takes his test cap tally to 61 ahead of the 2018/19 season.

As of the 2018/2019 Champions cup, Farrell has had 60 European Cups appearances scoring 5 tries and 658 points.

Eddie Jones named Farrell Co-Captain of the England side, with Dylan Hartley ahead of the November 2018 Internationals

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Career

saracens Saracens
Fly Half
2008 - present
england England
Inside Centre
2012 - present
R2fRSPlg British & Irish Lions
Inside Centre
2013 - present
St John Fisher Catholic High School (Harrogate)
Fly Half
St George's School, Harpenden
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