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Danny Cipriani faces Owen Farrell but his real England rival is George Ford

Cipriani’s Gloucester meet Farrell’s Saracens on Sunday but Ford is the man the man standing between the 30-year-old and a recall by Eddie JonesA montage on the wall of the Gloucester team room at their Hartpury training base is centred around the acro…

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Owen Farrell tips ‘brilliant’ Dylan Hartley to resume England captaincy

• Fly-half says Hartley did an ‘unbelievable job’ before injury• Hooker has not played for England since the Six NationsOwen Farrell has given Dylan Hartley a ringing endorsement to resume the England captaincy after the Saracens fly-half assumed the r…

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Eddie Jones seeks end to losing run for weary England in Cape Town

• Sixth consecutive defeat would increase pressure on coach• Test is dead rubber as South Africa lead series 2-0Preparing for the third Test in the shadow of Table Mountain has merely heightened the sense of England’s rugby players being stuck between …

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Indecision, spats and flogged players – England crumble under Eddie Jones

A fifth successive Test defeat and loss of series in South Africa has exposed an unhealthy regime that needs a drastic rebootThe Eddie Jones era has been nothing if not educational for the Rugby Football Union. The idea was to hire the world’s most exp…

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Owen Farrell’s captaincy style leaves his England teammates rudderless | Paul Rees

England captain’s strident approach to referee Roman Poite contrasted sharply with cool demeanour of South Africa counterpart Siya KolisiLeadership is one of sport’s intangibles. Eddie Jones caused a stir when he made Dylan Hartley his first captain, g…

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History not on England’s side as they look to turn tables on South Africa | Robert Kitson

Eddie Jones’s side face difficult task turning series around in second Test at high altitude in BloemfonteinBouncing back to win a Test series from 1-0 down in the southern hemisphere is not a frequent occurrence. The British & Irish Lions came clo…

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Owen Farrell can captain England with rule of fear, says Eddie Jones

• Farrell can be like Australia’s George Gregan, says Jones• Coach not sure if Dylan Hartley will return as captainEddie Jones expects Owen Farrell to rule through fear as captain in South Africa next month but believes the playmaker cannot repair the …

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Owen Farrell ready for England’s ‘brilliant tour’ to South Africa

• ‘The key is to be ready for anything,’ says tour captain• Saracens play-off with Wasps still uppermost in Farrell’s mindOwen Farrell is relishing the prospect of England’s summer trip to South Africa. The tour captain took time out of Saracens’ prepa…

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Brad Barritt back from injury in time to lead Saracens against Leinster

• Saracens captain had metal plate put in cheek on Tuesday• Champions Cup quarter-final is in Dublin on SundayBrad Barritt will lead Saracens in their Champions Cup quarter-final against Leinster after displaying miraculous powers of recovery from a br…

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Owen Farrell to lead England in France with Dylan Hartley injured

Hartley misses Six Nations game due to tight calfElliott Daly and Ben Te’o return as Mike Brown is droppedDylan Hartley has been ruled out of England’s Six Nations match against France on Saturday after failing to recover from a tight calf, meaning Owe…

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No action will be taken over Murrayfield tunnel scuffle involving Owen Farrell

• Six Nations statement says ‘no clear evidence of violent conduct’• Footage shows England and Scotland players in tunnel fracasNo disciplinary action will be taken following the alleged tunnel fracas between Scotland and England players before Saturda…

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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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