Dan Biggar reveals what he said to Owen Farrell following heated exchange
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“He’s not above everyone else.”
Wales outhalf Dan Biggar has revealed what he said to Owen Farrell after the England captain was red-carded for a no-arms tackle in their Summer Nations Series clash yesterday afternoon.
Biggar and Farrell were seen on camera having a few words after Farrell was initially yellow-carded for the tackle yesterday before the ‘bunker’ system was used to full effect and Farrell’s yellow was upgraded to a red card.
The England captain now faces a nervous wait ahead of his disciplinary meeting on Tuesday, which could see him miss the entire pool stage of the Rugby World Cup.
Writing in a column for the Daily Mail, Biggar revealed that he told Farrell that he was ‘not above everyone else’ as the pair clashed in a heated showdown before their teammates separated them.
“I really like Owen Farrell as a bloke, but I wasn’t going to allow him to speak to me like he did at Twickenham on Saturday night which is why we had a spat,” Biggar wrote.
“I’ve got no issue with Owen – we’ve been team-mates with the Lions – but he made it personal by coming at me in the second half at Twickenham.
“‘Stop complaining,’ was what Farrell said in my direction, just after he’d hit Taine Basham high. I thought it was a clear red card and was just airing my view.
“I told Farrell that people are allowed to have a go at him. He’s not above everyone else. Owen is such a competitive guy, just like I am, and it was a heat-of-the-moment incident.
“I was very surprised Farrell and Freddie Steward weren’t sent off immediately. Both were given yellow cards, but Owen’s was upgraded to a red by the new television bunker system.”
Farrell looks certain to miss some of England’s games at the World Cup, but how many that is remains to be seen. It’s certainly going to be an interesting few days.
Owen Farrell Yellow Card
‘Bunker’ review system back into play.#ENGvWAL
Edit: Has been upgraded to red pic.twitter.com/c26hwm9Skf
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