STATEMENT: Racing 92 respond to Owen Farrell reports - Ruck

STATEMENT: Racing 92 respond to Owen Farrell reports

Earlier today, credible reports from both Midi Olympique and L’Equipe suggest that Owen Farrell is on the verge of finalising a transfer to Racing 92.

According to Midi Olympique, the deal is expected to span two years, while L’Equipe suggests a three-season agreement. If confirmed, the former England captain would part ways with Saracens at the conclusion of the current season.

However, the Parisians have since denied the deal with an official statement.

Translated from French to England, it reads: “Racing 92 is regularly under the aegis of many speculations about movements within its squad. We are delighted with the appeal of our Racing 92 club. However, we deny any agreement concerning English player Owen Farrell.”

Farrell will be absent from the upcoming Six Nations as he takes a break from England duty to prioritise his mental health and that of his family.

Following a challenging experience during the 2023 Rugby World Cup, where Farrell faced booing from spectators before, during, and after matches, the England captain has chosen to step back for a while.

Nigel Owens ranks who is worst to referee between Dan Biggar, Owen Farrell and Johnny Sexton

Despite his busy schedule managing his farm, Owens remains engaged in the rugby community, lending his expertise as a pundit and appearing in video features for prominent platforms such as the BBC, Amazon Prime, and World Rugby.

While he no longer referees professional club games, his last match in that capacity was a centenary fixture between Trimsaran and Llanelli, which took place in March of this year.

Arguably, the three worst players to deal with these days are Owen Farrell, Dan Biggar and Johnny Sexton.

Owens has had his say on all three, ranking them from worst to best.

#3. Owen Farrell (England)

Farrell, the English rugby captain, epitomizes leadership and respect. Renowned for his versatility as a fly-half or centre, he combines skill and discipline, serving as a linchpin in England’s rugby campaigns.

Nigel Owens said: “I can only speak from my own experience of refereeing him and, when I did, he was an excellent captain to deal with.

“I have a huge amount of respect for him as a player and a person. He always knew where the line was with me.

“I would say to him that he could always come and talk to me as long as it was at the right time and in the right tone and he always did that.”