Jonny Wilkinson backs Owen Farrell to overtake his England points record

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Jonny Wilkinson compares George Ford and Owen Farrell to England greats

World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson has backed Owen Farrell to overtake his England points record.

Farrell, 25, is set to move past 500 international points this weekend against Fiji, and is second in the England all-time list behind Wilkinson.

Asked whether Farrell could one day beat his record of 1,179 points, Wilkinson said: "I have no doubt.

"I would be very surprised if Owen Farrell didn't go on to score way, way more," he told BBC Sport.

"500 points for a guy who is 25 years old, you don't have to do the maths but if he plays until he is 35, he will be in a good place."

Wilkinson has been involved in the England camp this year as a kicking and skills consultant, and says he can identify with the way Saracens fly-half Farrell approaches the game.

"Sometimes when we are discussing things, you hear something that you definitely correspond with," said Wilkinson, who on Thursday became one of 12 new inductees into the World Rugby Hall of Fame.

Owen Farrell
Farrell has scored 497 points for England, including five tries - most recently against South Africa on Saturday. He has also scored 65 conversions, 112 penalties and two drop goals

"[Working with England] is a really exciting opportunity," Wilkinson, who scored the winning drop goal in the 2003 World Cup final, continued.

"But there is no telling or teaching, it's kind of a sharing, and therefore there has to be room in all of us to keep growing. I am also there to learn."

Wilkinson has also compared the current midfield combination of Farrell, who has scored 497 points for England, and fly-half George Ford to his partnership with inside centres Will Greenwood or Mike Catt.

"Both those guys were phenomenally important to me in my career, in the way they supported me, got the best out of me, and helped me to uncover more about myself," Wilkinson explained.

"With Owen and George, they are both very, very open individuals, both very humble - but not because they have been taught what to say, but genuinely it's who they are.

"There is not a script being followed here. They are following enthusiasm, passion and serious devotion.

"It's very similar when you mention names like Mike Catt and Will Greenwood, it all makes perfect sense. It's just about having good people in there."

You can hear more from Jonny Wilkinson on the Matt Dawson Rugby Show on BBC Radio 5 live from 19:30 GMT on Thursday, 17 November.

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