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This could only happen in England! In any other rugby playing country Freddie Burns would be a nailed on starter for his country at 10 and yet he is likely to start on the bench behind a player who is far from a certainty to be in the match-day squad for his club, let alone start, and who is also a long way from being first choice for that club in the position he plays for with England!
It's not disrespectful to discuss player limitations, although it is a hard conversation to have. Owen Farrell is a worry because he's not a very insightful distributer and is behind several other 10s in his attacking acumen. He didn't drive the tries against the ABs. He needs the ability to bring in players at 11, 14 and 15. Difficult to have all these qualities, but hey - 10 is a key position.
A lot of comments on here from people who are Leaguophobic. They disrespect his father and Owen himself. Sure, Owen has yet to prove he is world class, but do you people think Stuart Lancaster knows nothing? And Andy Farrell was a great rugby player in League, and if he had been born in the south would have been a great rugby player in the Union code.
Interesting to see everyone commenting on Farrell's lack of attacking flair but to me he is starting to look a bit like Jonny Wilkinson. Never the greatest attacking player but sure in defence and rarely missed penalties. It seemed to work quite well in 2003. I'm hoping Burns can make the step up but given England's view of International rugby, Farrell fits.
Difficult to deny Farrell's prowess from the kicking tee, but as an test ten he offers zip in attack. His distribution is laboured, made worse by the fact that defences know he will only pass!..In all hist test appearances he has not once taken the ball up and attacked the gain line, been tackled and presented. the ball. Simply not good enough.
@50 I was going to go for because they are not THAT good. But I would like to see that combo in action a bit more.....
@48 injury, in three of their cases, sadly, but I hope to see better proof of the idea come the play-offs.. :)
Either one is welcome to play in Sarnia this summer.Flight, accomo, r&b, lots of sun, what more could a rugby player want.
@47 why doesn't that back line completely boss the premiership?
@46 give it time.. ;)@41 i agree, no one man bigger or better than the team, i too frequently disapprove of the england selection policy..Oh to see an england backline of burns, twelvetrees, may, sinbad, sharples and morgan.. Foden, tindall and allen on the bench..
Why have the bbc put a Flood v Farrell panel up, has Flood signed for Sarries too?!?!?!
In Lewis Moody's Autobiography he talks of Andy Farrell being one of the most respected players in the 2007 WC squad. RU may not have seen him at his prime, but he knows his stuff.Funny that some are judging his coaching ability on his perceived playing ability, when Johnson didn't make a good coach. Its irrelevant. Give him time as a coach before shooting him down based on his playing skills.
@32Unfortunately, Andy Farrell's move to Union from League was very much in the autumn of his career and as a result Union did not see the best of him. It would, therefore, be a mistake to base an opinion on those last couple of seasons. Rest assured, Andy Farrell was nothing short of magnificent when he was in his heyday. Wigan 1st team at 16, Challenge Cup winner at 17 & international at18
Farrell Senior was not over-rated as an RL player, but as a Union player he was hugely over-rated and his inappropriate fast tracking to the England team stifled the development of home grown RU players. His club should have used him as a ball carrying second row like Brad Thorn and then he might have been good enough to play international RU.
32.kirkstallflyer Do I detect the sound of someone who is so committed to RU than anything to do with RL gets short shrift regardless of merit?I hope I am wrong about that?
Also worth noting England's lack of attack isn't just down to the 10. A questionable centre partnership plays a big part. But mainly forwards not providing the platform. We all saw what England can do when their forwards do dominate.....
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