Matt Dawson gives brutal assessment of Owen Farrell’s form

Former England scrum-half Matt Dawson believes Owen Farrell is off the pace and Eddie Jones should look to another fly-half.

“England’s forwards dominated Georgia, but the backline lacked a clinical edge,” wrote Dawson in his column for BBC Sport.

“Captain Owen Farrell was by no means at his best playing at fly-half. He just looked a couple of percent off the pace mentally and that was reflected in the backline.

“England’s usual starting 10 George Ford has missed the past two games with injury, so Farrell has moved from inside centre.

“There is such a difference between them. Ford has incredible vision of delivery, putting people through gaps.

“Farrell is a tactical magician. He will kick you into the right positions and give good passes, but not in the zippy way that Ford does.

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“When you move Farrell to fly-half, you are actually playing a very different style of organisation.

“The last couple of games the backline has been very lateral. It looks like it is an afterthought to go to the backs.

“It might be better to bring in another 10 and have Farrell back at 12.”


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