Nobody can question England captain Owen Farrell’s commitment to his club Saracens.
It’s 2.30pm and his wife Georgie has been in labour since the night before with the birth of their first child is a mere half-hour away.
What does the fly-half do?
Team News | Owen Farrell is out due to his wife going into labour. Everyone at Saracens wishes them all the best!— Saracens Rugby Club (@Saracens) March 30, 2019
Alex Goode moves to fly-half, Liam Williams goes to full-back and David Strettle on to the wing. Max Malins comes on to the bench. pic.twitter.com/HM7wmtPbiC
According to Sarries head coach Mark McCall, he called to say he might still be able to make their Champions Cup quarter-final against Glasgow –
“He phoned me at 2.30 and said ‘in the next half hour’…,” said McCall. “I said ‘Owen, the game starts at 3.15! I don’t actually know if he’s had the baby yet.
“We had a rough cut-off point. His wife went into labour last night. At 8.30am he was pretty confident it would all happen, but it didn’t.
“But the important thing was that he was where he should have been – with his wife.”