England boss Eddie Jones has backed Owen Farrell to continue as captain, and believes his leadership of the team will only improve with every experience he has in the role.
Lawrence Dallaglio, who captained England on 22 occasions, said that while he admired Farrell as a “warrior and champion”, insists the fly-half is currently not “the best person” to lead Jones side.
However, the Aussie is confident that Farrell is still the right man for the job heading into the final two rounds of the Six Nations..
“We’re happy with the way he is going but like any part of our organisation he can improve,” said Jones.
“He can improve in the way he leads the team.
“But we are all open to that sort of scrutiny. Owen is still learning to be a good captain, there is no doubt about that. And it is a hard art and you have got to keep developing.
“Every experience he has will make him a better captain. I’ve worked with a number of good captains and they have all had their own way of doing it.
“John Smit at the Springboks was a real people’s person, [former Australia captain] George Gregan on the other hand was very much more like Owen.”
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LIST: 5 England players who clashed with Eddie Jones
After reports emerged that Eddie Jones recently clashed with a member of the Six Nations squad, we take a look at some other stars who have had a run-in with the coach.
1. Danny Care
Former England start Kyran Bracken was the first person to reveal why the Quins playmaker was mysteriously frozen out of Jones plans in 2018 despite being a regular up until that point.
“He (Care) made the mistake of speaking his mind to Eddie Jones and questioning how he wanted him to play when he was playing with an England ‘B’ team against Japan in the autumn of 2018,” said Bracken.
“Eddie’s response to that was ‘that’s not the attitude I want’ and he binned him from his plans.”
This story was later backed up by England and Harlequins teammate Mike Brown.