The XV de la Rose, by winning against the Argentine Pumas on Friday evening in Saint-Denis during the “small-final” (26-23), finished in third place in the World Cup. This success, the English owe in part, once again, to their captain Owen Farrell.
The Saracens player was decisive by scoring 16 points against Argentina. With this final score, the opening half totals 75 points in this World Cup and therefore dethrones the back of the XV of France Thomas Ramos, author of 74 points.
To be officially voted best director of the competition, Farrell will have to wait for the result of the final between the Springboks and the All Blacks this Saturday evening at the Stade de France. The New Zealanders Damian McKenzie (53 points) and Richie Mo'unga (50 points) can still overtake the No.10 of the XV de la Rose, even if the task promises to be difficult.
If the English captain finishes the competition with the most points on the clock, he will join big names in world rugby, already authors of this great performance, such as the South African Morné Steyn in 2011, the Argentine Nicolás Sánchez in 2015, the Springbok Handré Pollard in 2019, but above all… Jonny Wilkinson. The legendary former England scorer scored no less than 113 points during the 2003 World Cup in Australia. Farrell has also already erased a record of the ex-RC Toulon player in this World Cup, by becoming the best director in the history of the XV de la Rose. Just that.