Owen Farrell fires back at critics in fiery post-match interview

England captain Owen Farrell said he never doubted himself as he lined up the sudden-death penalty that won the Autumn Nations Cup for England on Sunday

In a helter-skelter extra-time period against France, Farrell missed a straightforward penalty shot to win the game.

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However, when asked whether he considered handing over kicking duties to George Ford or Elliot Daly, he gave a stern response.

“Absolutely not, I always back myself no matter what people say,” said Farrell.

“I missed some that I definitely shouldn’t have missed and made that game go on longer than it should have.

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“But I was confident in our ability. I thought we grew throughout the second half. There were a lot of chances to win that game but the boys kept putting us in places to win it.

“Obviously it takes only one mistake, but we got better and better, and got there in the end.”


Owen Farrell facts: 12 things you didn’t know about the England star

1. He started off in Rugby League

His education began in rugby league – he joined Wigan St Patricks at the age of eight.

2. School days

It’s well known that the Saracens star went to school with England teammate George Ford, however, it’s less well known that he went onto study Business at Hertfordshire University.

3. Celebration

Farrell celebrates every point he scores by linking his index fingers together to make a ‘JJ’ sign, the Joining Jack salute, Joining Jack being a charity dedicated to the needs of sufferers of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.[ Farrell is also a patron for Duchenne muscular dystrophy charity Duchenne UK.

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