Owen Farrell

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Owen Farrell
Owen Farrell kick 2013.jpeg
Farrell kicks at goal for Saracens
Full name Owen Andrew Farrell
Date of birth (1991-09-21) 21 September 1991 (age 22)
Place of birth Higher End, Wigan, Greater Manchester, England
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 96 kg (15 st 2 lb)[1]
School St. John Fisher Catholic High School
St George's School
Notable relative(s) Andy Farrell (father)
Liam Farrell (cousin)
Sean O'Loughlin (uncle)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Fly-Half, Centre
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2008–present Saracens 128 (882)
correct as of 26 April 2014.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2012–present
[2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia
England
Lions
25
6
(271)
(52)
correct as of 15 March 2014.

Owen Andrew Farrell (born 24 September 1991) is an English rugby union player, currently playing for Aviva Premiership side Saracens. His father is Andy Farrell, who played both for England's rugby league and rugby union sides.

His primary position is fly-half, but he often plays at centre.

Early career[edit]

Farrell was born on 24 September 1991 in Wigan, Greater Manchester. He began playing rugby league in his hometown at the age of eight for Wigan St Patricks.[2] When his father Andy signed for Saracens in 2005, his family moved to Harpenden, where Owen was introduced to rugby union for the first time.[3]

Saracens[edit]

He held the record of youngest ever player to appear in English professional rugby union after playing for Saracens 11 days after his 17th birthday, in a 26–17 home defeat against Llanelli Scarlets in the EDF Energy Cup on 5 October 2008,[4] until this record was broken in November 2009 by Leicester's George Ford, the son of another former Rugby League international (Mike Ford).

In the 2010–11 season, Farrell signed for Bedford Blues on loan. However, he returned to Saracens and was pivotal in the 2010–11 Aviva Premiership Final kicking five penalties and converting James Short's try for a personal haul of 17 points in the 22–18 victory over reigning champions Leicester Tigers.

England[edit]

2012[edit]

He was given his first call-up to the England Elite Player Squad when Stuart Lancaster selected him in his squad for the 2012 Six Nations Championship.[5]

He made his debut on 4 February 2012 against Scotland, starting at Inside Centre next to Saracens' team-mates Brad Barritt and Charlie Hodgson. He kicked two penalties and a conversion, but also missed two tough penalties from around 50 metres. His next match, against Italy, saw him put in a faultless kicking display, kicking four penalties and a conversion. In the next match against Wales, Farrell played Fly-Half for the first time in an England shirt after Charlie Hodgson sustaining a finger injury in the week leading up to the Wales game.[1] Once again his goal kicking was impressive missing just a single kick out of five but was replaced by Toby Flood later in the game after appearing to injure his leg after a clearance kick. He then played against France and Ireland. In the Ireland game Farrell put in a good kicking display, only missing 1 conversion. Farrell finished the competition with 63 points from 5 games.

The 2012 summer tour of South Africa saw Owen Farrell get selected again. Farrell played all game in the warm up game against The Barbarians and scored a respectable 17 points a game that England won comfortably. The first game against South Africa had Owen Farrell played all game. England lost 22–17 in a tight game. Farrell kicked all 4 of his penalties but missed a conversion. Farrell only came on as a substitute in the second test, and couldn't help England avoid defeat for a second time. Farrell didn't score any points in this game. Farrell had 2 spells in the third test. Farrell scored two penalties in a tight game that ended 14–14. Farrell also attempted to score his first drop goal. But missed both opportunities. Farrell ended the series with 18 points from 3 appearances.

Farrell played his first game in the Autumn test series as a substitute and scored a conversion. On 1 December 2012 Farrell started England's game against the New Zealand team and scored a total of 17 Points, helping England to a record breaking victory, beating the All Blacks by the biggest margin of points England have ever defeated them by. He was nominated for IRB player of the year, but failed to win this, missing out to the New Zealand stand-off, Dan Carter.

2013[edit]

Farrell started in the Calcutta Cup vs Scotland, only missing one kick in a near faultless display. He set up one try and assisted England to a strong start in their 2013 Six Nations campaign. He also received the RBS Six Nations man of the match for his performance.

After a break from English Rugby due to the Lions Tour, Farrell returned to England for the 2013 QBE Autumn Internationals. He played the full 80 minutes of the match against the Wallabies, kicking two penalties (but also missing three with one hitting the post), two conversions and scoring his debut England try, breaking through a gap in the Australian line of defence and touching down under the posts. His try proved to be the decider, as England went on to win 20-13.

British and Irish Lions[edit]

He was named as part of the British and Irish Lions squad for the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia. Owen started for the Lions in Hong Kong on 1 June against the Barbarians, kicking 3 penalties and 3 conversions in a convincing 59–8 win for the Lions.

In his second game against Western Force, Owen who started on the bench came on in the 66th minute, to then score a try on his first touch, helping the Lions strive towards a 70–17 win.

International statistics[edit]

As of 5 June 2013.

Year Appearances Tries Conversions Penalties Drop Goals Points
2012 12 0 8 30 1 109
2013 8 1 9 21 0 86
2014 5 1 13 11 0 64
Total 25 2 30 62 1 259

International analysis by opposition[edit]

Against Played Won Lost Drawn Tries Points  % Won
 Argentina
1
1
0
0
0
9
100.00%
 Australia
3
2
1
0
1
15
66.67%
 Fiji
1
1
0
0
0
2
100.00%
 France
3
2
1
0
0
29
66.67%
 Ireland
3
3
0
0
0
40
100.00%
 Italy
2
2
0
0
1
36
100.00%
 New Zealand
2
1
1
0
0
34
50.00%
 Scotland
3
3
0
0
0
33
100.00%
 South Africa
4
0
3
1
0
27
0.00%
 Wales
3
1
2
0
0
34
33.33%
Total 25 16 8 1 2 259 64.00%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Owen Farrell". Saracens. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Marsh backs young Farrell". Wigan Today. Johnston Publishing. 18 January 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Squires, Neil (3 December 2011). "Owen Farrell: Before we moved south I'd never played union, only on a computer". Daily Express. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Cleary, Mick (5 October 2008). "History boy Owen Farrell proves a chip off old block for Saracens". The Telegraph. Retrieved 17 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "England ring the changes". espnscrum.com. 11 January 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 

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