England skipper Owen Farrell, who has been linked with a move to Japan, has confirmed he will be staying in London as the ‘permanent’ captain of Saracens.
The 29-year-old, who has made 201 appearances for Sarries since making his debut all the way back in 2008, gladly accepted the offer made by Director of Rugby Mark McCall.
Farrell follows in the immediate footsteps of Brad Barritt and the likes of Alistair Hargreaves and Steve Borthwick, all brilliant leaders who enjoyed significant success in the role.
An incredibly driven competitor and already a proven leader, McCall insists Farrell’s unique ability to inspire and challenge those around him will serve him incredibly well in the role.
“We are thrilled that Owen has accepted the invitation to become Club Captain,” said McCall.
“In truth, he has been at the heart of the Saracens project from a young age and his leadership has been key to any success the club has had
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“Owen cares deeply about the club and his teammates, he has a unique ability to inspire those around him, both by what he does and what he says.
“He is thoughtful, insightful and modest but at his core he is a competitor who will never stop trying to improve; he pushes everyone here to be better.
“We are excited for all that is ahead for Owen, for this team and for our club.”
The world’s highest-paid XV featuring Farrell earn £10.8m-per-year
- Fullback: BEAUDEN BARRETT £780k (Suntory Goliath)
- Winger: CHARLES PIUTAU £1m (Bristol Bears)
- Winger: Stuart Hogg £550k (Exeter Chiefs)
- Centre: VIRIMI VAKATAWA £780k (Racing 92)
- Centre: OWEN FARRELL £750k (Saracens)