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Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje have been placed at the top of the wishlist of Japan’s Top League, according to a report in the Telegraph.
The England duo have played very little rugby since Saracens’ relegation of the Premiership last season with the Championship delayed – something that was very evident in their opening two games of this year’s Six Nations.
The Top League season begins this weekend after a near 12-month hiatus caused by the current pandemic and it appears a number of clubs are looking to bolster their ranks with some top names.
The likes of Beauden Barrett, Brodie Retallick Michael Hooper and Kieran Read are already applying their trade there, as well as former northern hemisphere stars George Kruis, Alex Goode and Greig Laidlaw.
“We have George Kruis and we also have Alex Goode at another team,” Top League chairman Osamu Ota told The Daily Telegraph through an intepreter.
“They are current England international players for England which is a great thing for us. In addition to them, if we can have Maro Itoje and Owen Farrell in the future in our league that would be a great thing for us.
“We also have Greig Laidlaw. Those European players are very popular in Japan. I want to make our league an attractive to league so that every player, wherever they are, will give consideration to coming here at some point in their career.”