Owen Farrell praises Marcus Smith for his’massive talents’ as they fight it out to win the England spot


Eddie Jones will be trying to get the best from England as Marcus Smith threatens the established order. Owen Farrell, however, has praised his team-mate ahead of the autumn schedule

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Owen Farrell, England captain, might be competing with Marcus Smith for international minutes. However, the Saracens talisman has enough size to recognize talent when it appears.

Pre-autumn series speculation has focused on Eddie Jones’ squad. Smith is expected to win a shootout to dislodge Farrell from the No. 10 jersey.

George Ford was the most controversial absentee from England’s November squad. Despite his exceptional form, which saw Leicester Tigers rise to top of the Premiership in early season this year,

Farrell’s retention as skipper was the best sign yet that Jones still sees him as a major part of his plans, despite Clive Woodward’s call for him to be dropped to make the most of England.

It would be enough for most players to feel resentful towards someone who is supposedly fighting for their position. Yet, Farrell is full if kind words for the “brilliant”Smith is eager to learn from his peers.

“He’s obviously a massive talent. We worked together before. He’s been to the camp before when he was a bit younger… It was good to get to know him a bit better over the summer,”Farrell stated this to reporters Tuesday.

“He’s a brilliant lad. He’s a proper student of the game and that sounds cliched, but he wants to get better, understand the game more and loves chatting about rugby. So that made it easy for me.

“Because he’s done the hard work, he appears confident. When he speaks, it is clear and logical. This will help you feel confident and more comfortable when playing in that role. At the moment, he’s clearly doing it really well. He is able to unlock a game by himself. He is clearly a wonderful balance.”

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Both players were involved in the British and Irish Lions series in South Africa last summer. Smith was injured cover, while Farrell was part of Warren Gatland’s initial touring team.

Smith, 22, was a driving force behind Harlequins’ run to the Premiership title last year before storming his route to a first England cap this July.

Farrell—who turned 30 last month—has made a successful return to the first tier of English rugby after a year spent in the Championship, starring in recent dominant wins over Bath (71-17) and Wasps (56-15).

Mike Brown, an ex-Quins fullback, also warned that England may not have enough room for both players. “alpha male”Farrell could play a role in a new power struggle within England’s backline.

The Sarries star was given a bench position in the Lions’ games against South Africa, but he was dropped for the third Test to be played by Finn Russell of Scotland.

Farrell suggested that Jones would be allowed to accept his wishes if the coach made plans without him, saying that no one should be considered ‘undroppable.

“I’ve never thought someone cannot be dropped. You always have to work hard to be in this team and play these games. That’s never going to be any different,”He went on.

“We’re excited about what’s coming up. I’m only bothered about working hard for the team and making sure I’m doing my best. Whatever fits best for the group, I’ll be happy with.”

The Red Rose will host Tonga (November 6, Australia (November 13, and South Africa (November 20), respectively) at Twickenham. Jones may make a few unexpected calls regarding his squad.

Jones appears to have been convinced by a fifth-place finish at Six Nations earlier this season. This includes omitting Ford and Billy Vunipola as well as Ben Earl.

Hooker Jamie George of the Saracens was also left out until Luke Cowan Dikie sustained an injury which resulted him being recalled.

Farrell might wonder about the future of Test at the Test level after Smith’s performance in Harlequins’ defense of the Premiership title.

This is because competition tends to bring out the best of certain athletes. However, Smith’s evolution may be a sign that Farrell has the chance to make new heights in England white.