Owen Farrell has named Jonny Wilkinson as the toughest opponent he has ever faced during his illustrious playing career.
And the superstar fly-half 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.”
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12 things you didn’t know about Owen Farrell
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.