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Ospreys flying in Europe but wary of Saracens’ revitalised big guns

• Ospreys hope Dan Biggar will be inspired by locking horns with Owen Farrell • ‘It’s a bit David against Goliath,’ says Ospreys coach, Steve TandyFew gave Ospreys a chance of finishing above the bottom of their group, never mind making it through to t…

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Rejuvenated Owen Farrell hungry to halt Saracens slump against Clermont

England fly-half says he feel stronger and quicker after spell on the sidelines and Champions Cup tie against Clermont is club’s chance to turn their season aroundSaracens may be reeling from the untimely loss of Maro Itoje to a broken jaw but in Owen …

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Owen Farrell recalled at inside-centre for England’s clash with Australia

• Jonny May comes in on right wing having recovered from hamstring injury• Maro Itoje left on the bench for England’s hardest assignment of the autumnOwen Farrell and Jonny May have been handed starts against Australia on Saturday but Maro Itoje has be…

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Courtney Lawes backs Owen Farrell to lead England charge against Australia

• ‘He’s a brilliant leader and exceptional player,’ says fellow Lions tourist• Saracens and England fly-half to return after missing Argentina winOwen Farrell is being tipped to drive a sharply improved England performance as Eddie Jones prepares to re…

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Owen Farrell set for England recall against Australia as Kruis is dropped

• Farrell one of only three in squad who can play No10 and 12• Kruis released back to Saracens but Charlie Ewels retainedEddie Jones is set to pick Owen Farrell for England’s match-day squad to play Australia at Twickenham on Saturday after resting som…

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Henry Slade replaces Farrell in England autumn series opener against Argentina

• Coach Eddie Jones has also rested Maro Itoje for the Twickenham game• Elliot Daly and fellow Lions Tests regular Anthony Watson both start on wingsEngland have omitted starting regulars Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje but have included Exeter’s Henry Sla…

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Lions must keep discipline but show their intent, says Johnny Sexton

• Fly-half sees second Test link with how All Blacks gained revenge over Ireland
• Andy Farrell: you don’t just win the game by being raging mad

The British & Irish Lions are being warned not to lose their heads amid the intensity of the second Test against New Zealand. The touring team are primed for a highly physical all-or-nothing encounter but their fly-half, Johnny Sexton, and the defence coach, Andy Farrell, are also stressing the need for discipline.

Sexton sees some similarities with last November when New Zealand thundered into Ireland in Dublin after losing to the same opponents in Chicago a week earlier. He does not believe, however, the Lions should look to replicate the All Blacks’ approach totally. “I don’t think so because, if we did that, we’d get a couple of red cards,” suggested Sexton, recalled to the starting XV this week, with Owen Farrell moving to inside-centre.

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Owen Farrell believes Lions’ Test-match animals can give All Blacks a fright

• Fly-half unfazed by New Zealand run that dates back to 1994
• ‘Do your preparation then go in with a clear mind,’ urges Farrell

Those who query the Lions’ future would have been well advised to consult Owen Farrell on the eve of the first Test. As a player on his second Lions tour, about to face the sport’s ultimate challenge, the fly-half has seldom sounded more motivated. Top players relish big occasions and few come bigger than this.

From where Farrell sits all the players feel the same way; he thinks it is “very strange” some doubt the Lions concept. “When you see the hype around it, how much the players enjoy it and how much everybody involved loves it … it seems like everybody grips on to it when it’s happening so I don’t see why anything negative is said about it. The buy-in and how much players look forward to it is huge.”

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Owen Farrell believes Lions’ Test-match animals can give All Blacks a fright

• Fly-half unfazed by New Zealand run that dates back to 1994
• ‘Do your preparation then go in with a clear mind,’ urges Farrell

Those who query the Lions’ future would have been well advised to consult Owen Farrell on the eve of the first Test. As a player on his second Lions tour, about to face the sport’s ultimate challenge, the fly-half has seldom sounded more motivated. Top players relish big occasions and few come bigger than this.

From where Farrell sits all the players feel the same way; he thinks it is “very strange” some doubt the Lions concept. “When you see the hype around it, how much the players enjoy it and how much everybody involved loves it … it seems like everybody grips on to it when it’s happening so I don’t see why anything negative is said about it. The buy-in and how much players look forward to it is huge.”

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Owen Farrell is a leader – his absence would be a huge blow to the Lions | Nick Evans

The fly-half is a totem for the Lions and if he cannot win his fitness race for the first Test it would be a significant hit to their chances in New ZealandThe general consensus is that if the Lions are going to beat the All Blacks they will need to sc…

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Lions lifted by positive impact of Conor Murray and Owen Farrell | Paul Rees

The partnership, featuring Murray’s tactical kicking and Farrell’s distribution, led to the British & Irish Lions’ best performance of the tour against the Crusaders

The British & Irish Lions may have been rocked by criticism in New Zealand of their playing style, but their victory against the Crusaders showed they are not going to be swayed by it.

They pitched up in Christchurch with six players from the 2013 tour to Australia who were making their first starts in New Zealand: if it was not quite the A-team, they brought their A-game, led around the field by authoritative, pragmatic half-backs.

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Lions race for No10 under way as Sexton, Farrell and Biggar audition for top job | Robert Kitson

Each of Warren Gatland’s competitive trio has something distinctive to offer against New Zealand but Ireland’s Johnny Sexton looks the man to beat

Twelve thousand miles away from Downing Street there is another race for No10 going on. The British & Irish Lions management have their own big decision to make this week and it is not as clear-cut as it looked a couple of months ago either. Once the Lions have finished their third fixture of the tour against the Crusaders next Saturday, they will have little option but to nominate their preferred fly-half to face the All Blacks.

The opening tour match against a New Zealand Provincial Barbarians XV in a rain-lashed Northland on Saturday is unlikely to supply all the answers. Barring something remarkable, a comfortable Lions win is anticipated and the fixture will not solely determine whether Ireland’s Johnny Sexton retains the shirt he filled with such distinction on the 2013 tour to Australia. The respective body language of Sexton and his main rival, Owen Farrell, nevertheless, will tell the coaches plenty.

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Owen Farrell rebuffs claims British & Irish Lions will be underprepared

• Farrell insists Lions’ world-class players will be ready for tour start
• ‘We’ll be on the same page. This squad can challenge anyone’

Owen Farrell insists the British & Irish Lions will not arrive in New Zealand underprepared despite taking off just two days after the end of the domestic season as part of a gruelling tour schedule that has come in for fierce criticism of late.

The Lions fly from Heathrow on Monday and land on Wednesday – stopping overnight in Melbourne – leaving only three days to prepare for the tour opener against the New Zealand Barbarians. In all, Warren Gatland’s troops play 10 matches in six weeks – a schedule labelled “suicidal” by Sir Graham Henry, the 2001 Lions coach and 2011 World Cup winner with New Zealand – and gathered together as a whole squad for just the second time on Sunday.

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Owen Farrell says European ‘lessons’ will inspire Saracens against Glasgow

• Glasgow ‘have a lot of threats, they have backs that can punish you’
• Mark McCall believes George Kruis merits Lions selection despite absence

Owen Farrell’s answer to a first defeat for club or country in 14 months was an emphatic one. Pulling the strings in Saracens’ 53-10 victory over Bath on Sunday, he demonstrated that England’s failure to claim back-to-back grand slams has not exactly lingered. In an ominous warning for Glasgow Warriors, he expects improvements from Saracens as their attention turns to defending their European title.

“I don’t think we were where we think we can be,” he said. “We were good in parts and not so good in others and that puts us in good stead. There are a lot of fixups and stuff we can do better. The scoring ran away but it wasn’t a reflection. We did some good stuff, but in patches.”

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Owen Farrell says European ‘lessons’ will inspire Saracens against Glasgow

• Glasgow ‘have a lot of threats, they have backs that can punish you’
• Mark McCall believes George Kruis merits Lions selection despite absence

Owen Farrell’s answer to a first defeat for club or country in 14 months was an emphatic one. Pulling the strings in Saracens’ 53-10 victory over Bath on Sunday, he demonstrated that England’s failure to claim back-to-back grand slams has not exactly lingered. In an ominous warning for Glasgow Warriors, he expects improvements from Saracens as their attention turns to defending their European title.

“I don’t think we were where we think we can be,” he said. “We were good in parts and not so good in others and that puts us in good stead. There are a lot of fixups and stuff we can do better. The scoring ran away but it wasn’t a reflection. We did some good stuff, but in patches.”

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Ireland v England primes Andy and Owen Farrell for ultimate family affair

Father and son will be in opposition camps for Saturday’s grand slam decider and sentiment will be put to one side as senior looks to stop in-form junior

It was just before half-time in his first England appearance at Twickenham when Owen Farrell chipped over the top against Wales, gathered his deft kick and was promptly walloped into next week by the on-rushing George North. The crowd had been ignited as the TV camera panned to Andy Farrell, England’s new defence coach, who was wearing a wry smile – it was hard to tell which part he had enjoyed more.

It is a moment that has stayed in the memory because it remains one of the few windows into one of the most celebrated father-son relationships in rugby. There has been plenty of post-match back-slapping – the pair have enjoyed no little success together for Saracens, England and the Lions – but occasions when either have let their guard down have been rare.

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England’s Owen Farrell ready to upset mum in family affair against Ireland

• Eddie Jones sticks with winning squad for grand slam match in Dublin
• England coach expects Six Nations backlash from Ireland

You would get long odds indeed on England clinching consecutive grand slams by scoring only a single penalty against Ireland on Saturday but that will not stop Owen Farrell’s mum living in hope.

Having been coached by his father, Andy, at Saracens, England and with the British & Irish Lions, Owen will be on the opposite side for the first time in Dublin with Farrell Sr thriving as Ireland’s defence coach. But it is his mother, Colleen, about whom Owen is most concerned. “I think the only person it will affect is my mum, not us. She just wants everyone to do well.” So what does she want the score to be? “3-0 England I think.”

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England to make 11th hour call on Owen Farrell’s fitness to face Scotland

• Farrell suffered leg injury on Thursday to put participation in doubt
• England have not called up cover the inside centre

England will take a decision on the fitness of Owen Farrell on Saturday morning before England’s 4pm Calcutta Cup clash with Scotland at Twickenham that day.

Farrell missed the eve-of-match captain’s run because of an unspecified leg injury incurred during training on Thursday and will be given the next 24 hours to demonstrate he is ready for the Triple Crown decider.

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Eddie Jones puts faith in Owen Farrell to follow in Jonny Wilkinson’s footsteps

The England coach has backed Farrell to match the win ratio of the 2003 World Cup winning fly-half during the next stage of his international career

Owen Farrell will win his 50th cap against Italy on Sunday. He may not be England’s captain but he is their most valuable player, and not just because of his goal-kicking as his try-scoring pass to Elliot Daly four minutes from the end of the match against Wales in Cardiff in the last round of the Six Nations, vision allied with precision, demonstrated.

A player who in his early years appeared wooden and drew comparisons with Jonny Wilkinson for his attention to detail, meticulous preparation and comfort in structure rather than broken play, has bloomed under Eddie Jones into a man for all seasons, a match-winner with the ball in his hand as well as on the tee.

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Owen Farrell not the sentimental type as 50th England cap looms large

England’s forwards coach Steve Borthwick expects the gifted fly-half to go on and dominate the scene way beyond his 50th cap against Italy this Sunday

Owen Farrell’s approach to the impending landmark of his 50th England cap is now a familiar one – “I’ve not thought about it too much. I need to get picked first.” Of course he will get picked, he may even captain the side if Dylan Hartley does not keep his place, but do not expect him to stop and smell the roses: “It’s not too different from what you’d do anyway.”

So what are the highlights of the 25-year-old’s 49 caps so far, which include 66 points in the series win in Australia last summer and 562 in total, at a strike-rate that suggests he will eclipse Jonny WIlkinson’s national record? “There’s not something that sticks out above the rest.”

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