Hodgson wary of Farrell switch

November 18, 2014 17:58:03 UK

Saracens fly-half Charlie Hodgson has admitted he has some reservations over moving Owen Farrell from No.10 to insider centre when England face Samoa on Saturday.

Head coach Stuart Lancaster and his side are under some pressure after they suffered their fifth consecutive defeat against South Africa last weekend.

There have been calls to give promising Bath starlet George Ford a chance at fly-half to then move Farrell to 12.

However Farrell’s Sarries team-mate Hodgson does have some concerns about have two recognised fly-halves in the England backline to face the Samoans at Twickenham.

He told BBC Radio 5 live: “If they need that extra ball player in the centre, Owen is potentially the player to go to.

“It’s a difficult situation putting Farrell and Ford on at the same time.

“Owen is a strong character himself and he wants to have control of what’s going on.

“He might find that a bit difficult to do that from 12 and it might go against what George is trying to do at 10.”

England can be backed at 4.33 to win the World Cup on home soil next year, with New Zealand 2.50 and South Africa 4.50.

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