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Rugby: if he signs for Racing 92, Farrell “will be missed”, admits England coach Steve Borthwick

The top scorer in the history of the XV de la Rose has decided to take a break from his international career in order to recharge his batteries mentally.

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Rugby: if he signs for Racing 92, Farrell “will be missed”, admits England coach Steve Borthwick

The top scorer in the history of the XV de la Rose has decided to take a break from his international career in order to recharge his batteries mentally. His choice was made after the third place acquired at the 2023 World Cup, a tournament during which he was whistled by supporters. French media have reported strong interest from Racing 92 in the 32-year-old fly-half, who has spent his entire career at Saracens. However, he would no longer be able to play in the selection if he signed in France, according to the current eligibility criteria of the English Federation.

"I spoke with Owen yesterday and I think what's important is that he makes the decision that's right for him and his family," Borthwick said at the press conference following the announcement. his group for the Six Nations Tournament.

“Will a player of Owen's caliber be missed if he chooses to play outside England? Yes, of course, he added, while being understanding. Do I want him to come back in the future (play for England)? Yes. But I also want him to do what is right for him and his family and to have the experiences he wants,” said the boss of the England XV.

The specialized biweekly Midi Olympique and the newspaper L'Equipe wrote in early January that Owen (112 caps) was close to signing up for two or three seasons at Racing. “We are delighted with the appeal of our club. However, we deny any agreement concerning the English player Owen Farrell,” reacted the current leader of the French championship in a press release.

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