England’s World Cup-winning head coach Sir Clive Woodward has called for Eddie Jones to replace Dylan Hartley as captain for the Autumn Internationals.
After watching Northampton against Saracens on Sunday, where the latter were 57-13 winners, Woodward is now assertive to who should take over the captaincy.
“It did firm up in my mind is that Owen Farrell should now be made captain for the autumn.” wrote Woodward.
“He is a true leader, the best player in his position, an automatic selection and England’s talisman going forward.
“Two years out from the World Cup he is now ready.
“Hartley has done an outstanding job as captain but now is the time for him to focus purely on his performance and his battle with George to retain his starting place.
“The moment George demonstrably becomes a better all-round hooker than Hartley is the moment the Saracen must start.
“There can be no fudging this call any more — in England, the No 1 skill when you are head coach is selection.
And that applies throughout the team. With players coming through in Argentina in the summer, English Lions returning from New Zealand and the conveyor belt of the Under 20 side, Eddie is spoilt for choice. But that, by definition, means more huge decisions must be made.