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WATCH | Owen Farrell and Rio Ferdinand open up about mental health

Former England captain Rio Ferdinand and England rugby captain Owen Farrell are among sport stars and their famous fans to discuss their experiences of mental health. Footage courtesy of the Royal Foundation.

Rugby star Farrell spoke about how his team-mates hold frank and open discussions regarding their mindset before important games. 



‘What the group’s very good at is not holding things back. Getting things out there,’ he said. We always have a chat the night before… just players, and I enjoy them. [They’re] run by the lads, it’s just open to see what they’re thinking. 

‘The build-up to a test week can be a long week and you know everyone has got their own thoughts. The main thing for us is to speak what we are thinking. And if that’s something that makes you a bit more vulnerable then that’s good. 

‘Because if you’re thinking it, I’d probably think a few more are as well. So to put it out there and come up with a solution together is a stronger way of doing it. Like a lot of things it’s never as bad as you think it is and talking about it goes a long way to making it better.’


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.

3. Celebration

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.

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