England captain Owen Farrell is “incredibly regretful” over the illegal tackle that saw him sent off against Wasps.
The fly-half revealed today that he’s exchanged texts with 18-year-old Charlie Jinkinson and admitted that he’s ‘deeply sorry’ for the ‘out of control’ tackle ahead of his disciplinary hearing tomorrow.
The horrific hit is almost certain to see him banned for Saracens’ most important game of the season, according to his director of rugby Mark McCall.
“Obviously Owen got the tackle wrong, there’s no question about that. He’s been into the club and I’ve spoken to him,” director of rugby Mark McCall said.
“You could see form his reaction as soon as it happened that he knew he got it wrong and he is incredibly regretful.
“He stood on the touchline and waited for Charlie to get up and come off and he was really concerned for him. You could see on his face how he felt.”
Saracens are also currently without England loosehead-prop Mako Vunipola.
“Mako isn’t ready yet. It’s lingering for longer than we had hoped,” McCall added.
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Owen Farrell facts
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.
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.