Owen Farrell on England captaincy, strain and his well-known stare
|Premiership remaining – Exeter v Saracens|
|Venue: Twickenham Date: Saturday, 26 Might Kick-off: 15:00 GMT|
|Protection: Stay radio commentary on BBC Radio 5 stay and stay textual content commentary on the BBC Sport web site.|
When Owen Farrell obtained a name from Eddie Jones asking him to captain England in South Africa this summer time, the Saracens fly-half did not suppose twice.
“It is clearly an enormous honour to captain your nation,” says Farrell. “When he [Eddie Jones] requested, that is the very first thing that got here into my head [saying yes].”
Farrell will substitute Dylan Hartley as skipper on England’s tour of South Africa subsequent month, however the fly-half says he cannot get enthusiastic about it till after the weekend.
“Since I acquired the decision we have had rather a lot to focus on right here at Saracens, so there hasn’t been an excessive amount of that is gone into it but,” he provides.
Farrell will line up at Twickenham on Saturday for the Premiership remaining in opposition to defending champions Exeter, forward of England’s first Check in opposition to South Africa on 9 June.
Earlier than a giant summer time, the fly-half spoke to BBC Radio 5 stay’s Sonja McLaughlan concerning the strain of captaincy, the affect of his father and his well-known stare.
‘Strain is an effective factor’
Farrell is taking on an England staff who go to South Africa off the again of three consecutive defeats.
The defending Six Nations champions misplaced to Scotland, France and Eire to hunch to a fifth-place end within the 2018 event.
However the 26-year-old, who has been praised as a “winner” by head coach Jones, likes duty.
“It places a bit extra strain on you to play effectively however I see that as a great factor,” he says.
“The very first thing with that duty is standing up and speaking in entrance of the staff, telling different folks what to do. The extra you find yourself talking the extra you have to do it and the extra you have to entrance up.
“I’ve all the time been snug talking, particularly on the sphere. Most likely not as a lot off the sphere.”
Wigan-born Farrell, the son of dual-code worldwide and Eire defence coach Andy Farrell, says his father has been a “large half” in his progress as a frontrunner.
“I’ve watched my dad speaking as a frontrunner since I used to be a child,” says Farrell Jr. “I all the time sat on the touchline so I may all the time hear him. I am positive it is the opposite means spherical now.
“You are taking recommendation from the place you possibly can, however he has been an enormous a part of it, rising up not simply watching him but additionally conversations that we have had.
“I’ve needed to study rather a lot as effectively, you attempt to be your self as a lot as you possibly can and ensure you get higher and develop.”
When announcing his new captain in March, England head coach Jones was eager to emphasize: “Owen is a totally completely different character to Dylan.
“He has a special cultural background. Dylan is from Rotorua, Owen is from Wigan.”
Northampton Hooker Hartley was dominated out of the summer time tour with concussion, and Farrell doesn’t consider the captaincy will impression on his recreation.
“I am not attempting to be anybody else,” he provides. “You’ll be able to both let the strain get to you or let it assist it make you higher. I see it as one thing to get enthusiastic about fairly than attempt to fear about.”
‘Individuals hold speaking concerning the stare’
The quick concern for Farrell is Saturday’s Premiership remaining, and serving to his staff to clinch a 3rd title in 4 years.
Centre Brad Barritt will lead Saracens out on the weekend, however Farrell can be anticipating his common excessive requirements from each himself and his team-mates at Twickenham.
“We’re very demanding of one another,” he provides. “I might anticipate it again as effectively if I wasn’t working exhausting sufficient.
“I assume all anybody desires to do is to enhance and holding one another to these requirements is a part of that. There’s nothing higher after you do get it proper and also you’re the primary one to pat one another on the again.”
When requested whether or not he’s acutely aware of his well-known cold-eyed stare, delivered when a participant doesn’t work exhausting sufficient on the sphere, Farrell admits: “I assume so.”
However the Englishman is hopeful it is not going to come out this weekend.
“I am positive I’ve performed it a couple of instances,” he provides. “However hopefully not on Saturday. Individuals hold speaking concerning the stare, however I simply by no means cease speaking.
“I believe the lads can be proper on it this weekend, we will already inform individuals are excited. I am positive Exeter are as effectively and it will be a great recreation.”