Owen Farrell makes his voice heard at crunch World Rugby meeting

England captain Owen Farrell has expressed his fears for player welfare following proposals for a two-month Test window.

The Mail Online revealed that the England captain represented players from the Northern Hemisphere while All Blacks legend Conrad Smith spoke for the south.

Farrell aired his views to more than 30 of the sport’s powerbrokers during a Zoom meeting chaired by World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont.

The fly-half voiced concerns about the workload for players following the proposal for a two-month Test window between the northern and southern hemispheres in October and November.

A World Rugby spokesperson said on Monday night: ‘With the Covid-19 pandemic significantly impacting the 2020 rugby calendar and union and club finances, all parties recognised the need to agree a compromise solution that enables both disrupted professional club and international competitions to be completed this year.’

A final decision on the playing calendar will be made at the World Rugby Council on June 30.


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Owen Farrell facts: 10 things you didn’t know about the England star

Being one of the most popular players on the globe is likely to generate an incredible fan-base globally, but we are fairly confident that there are some aspects of Owen Farrell’s life and career you are not familiar with.

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.

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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