Owen Farrell is anticipating a strong performance from England in this year’s Six Nations as he steps back to spectate.
Following his decision post-Rugby World Cup to prioritise mental health, the 32-year-old is confident in England’s ability to handle his absence.
Test debuts await Ethan Roots and Fraser Dingwall, taking on roles at blindside flanker and inside centre, respectively.
The bench also features uncapped trio Chandler Cunningham-South, Fin Smith, and Immanuel Feyi-Waboso as replacements.
Farrell’s belief in England’s potential shines through, expressing confidence in Borthwick’s group despite their World Cup semi-final defeat to South Africa.
Reflecting on the World Cup journey, Farrell spoke proudly of the team’s progress and the overwhelming support, emphasising the pride in donning the English shirt.
“I am massively proud of how we have built, the support has built over the World Cup and that performance shows how proud we are to be English and to wear this shirt,” said Farrell.
“I think we have made a start of going forward and there is a lot to come from this group.
Wayne Barnes call for three changes to ‘improve rugby’
Discover the three significant changes Barnes advocates for rugby union in the current landscape, aiming to enhance the game’s appeal and competitiveness.
Change one: Referee reviewers must encourage the game to flow
He wrote in his column: “With the game crying out for less stoppages and for more attacking rugby, a general philosophy around allowing the game to flow should be the focus of what the selectors are feeding back to match officials.”
RUCK Judgment: Spot on – it just makes sense that referees are recognised for promoting gameplay rather than enforcing rules to the extent that the game halts more frequently than in American Football.