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Owen Farrell’s defiant statement: Reinstated captain here to stay

Owen Farrell is determined to be England’s captain once again after being reinstated as skipper for their Autumn Nations Series opener against Argentina.

The Saracens playmaker, who last skippered England against Australia a year ago, was in a bullish mood as he faced the press today..

“I’d say the challenge for me is obviously the way that I play the game, the way I present myself at times when I’m playing,” said Farrell.

“It’s not always necessarily what I say, it is sometimes making sure that you’re giving off the right message as well.

“There are different captains all over the world. There have been really, really calm ones that are good.

“And there’s been some explosive ones that have been really good as well. There are still a few of those knocking about now. I want to be me and I want to work on how I be a better me.

“My sole focus at the minute and our sole focus is growing the leadership group. And not just the group, the way that we allow space for other people to lead as well,

“The more we focus on outside of here, the more we’re not getting on with that, for me. I’ve never been overly bothered with what’s going on outside. And I don’t think I’ll start now.

“There is definitely pride, of course there is, but all our focus is on how we can grow as a group.”

Eight highest-paid rugby players 2022

#7=. Owen Farrell (Saracens) – £750k

The England skipper is heading into the final year of his contract at Saracens and is reported to be earning a substantial amount of money on his current deal with a number of unknown bonuses thought to be included.

#9=. Michael Hooper (Toyota Verblitz) – £750k

Last season he took a sabbatical in Japan and is reported to have been earning £750,000 with Toyota Verblitz.

Michael Hooper of Australia has try disallowed under pressure from Chris Robshaw of England during the Old Mutual Wealth Series match, between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium, London , UK, on the 18th November 2017.(Photo:Dean Lancaster/PPAUK)

#6. Beauden Barrett (Suntory Sungoliath) – £780k

On his year out in Japan with Suntory Sungoliath last year, the Daily Mail reports Barrett earned £780,000.