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Owen Farrell didn’t hesitate when naming his toughest ever opponent

Owen Farrell has named England legend Jonny Wilkinson as the toughest opponent he has ever faced during his illustrious playing career so far.

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And the superstar fly-half, who will depart Saracens for Racing 92 this summer, revealed that he came up against his toughest opponent early in his career when Saracens came toe-to-toe with Toulon in the Heineken Champions Cup.

Speaking to David Flatman, the England captain hailed the former Newcastle Falcons fly-half while calling him his toughest opponent when asked.

“There are so many,” said Farrell. “It would have to be Jonny (Wilkinson), simple as that.”

“The consistency he showed throughout his career was incredible, he set a new standard for fly-halves all over the world.

“Dan Carter is another one who has been incredible over a long period, but I’d have to stick with Jonny as my toughest opponent.”

There is one South Africa player that Owen Farrell absolutely hates

England’s fly-half Owen Farrell fearlessly expresses his strong opinions, especially when they concern individuals he’s not particularly fond of, reflecting his passionate and outspoken personality.

#1. Dave Attwood

Former England lock Attwood has opened up on the latest RugbyPass Offload about his ongoing rivalry with Owen Farrell.

He revealed: “On the pitch, I struggle a lot with Owen Farrell. We just don’t see eye to eye on a lot of things,

“He hates me with a passion. Despite my earthy roots, he thinks I am a posh c***. He hates that. I bagged rugby league once jovially. I was saying it to take the piss kind of thing, ‘a bloody sport for the peasants’. He f**kin’ hated it.”

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Dave Attwood facts:

  • He made 157 appearances in Blue, Black and White over an eight-year period during his first spell at Bath before returning in 2022
  • His debut came against Newcastle Falcons at the beginning of the 2011/12 season after arriving from Gloucester, scoring four tries in his first campaign
  • The lock quickly established himself as a key player in the Bath pack and excelled at international level too, with 22 of his 24 England caps coming whilst at the Re
  • The former England international has also played for Bristol (twice), Gloucester and Toulon during his established career