Former England boss Sir Clive Woodward has insisted Owen Farrell ‘has to be better’ after he was sent off against Wasps.
The 28-year-old was sent off as Saracens fell to a surprise 28-18 defeat against a much-changed Wasps side at Allianz Park.
“The consequences are going to be considerable,” wrote Woodward in his column for the Daily Mail.
“If it is considered a mid-range offence that usually results in a six-week ban, which might get halved if there is an admission of guilt and if his previously good record in terms of bans is taken into account.
“But was that a mid-range offence? It was the most obvious high tackle red card you will ever see.
“For me that looked like a tackle born of frustration. It’s been a testing season for Farrell. There was the disappointment of how England failed to perform in the World Cup final and then the huge shock of Saracens being fined and then condemned to relegation for their salary cap offence.
“All that frustration came spilling out in the tackle. Farrell has to get these tackles out of his system. Not only can they cost his side dear but as the England captain he has to be better.
“The game is no longer willing to tolerate such dangerous tackles as the England captain is about to discover.”
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Owen Farrell facts
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.