Former England Teammate Doesn’t Mince His Words In Criticising “Poor” Owen Farrell
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“Enough is enough.”
Former England international Mike Brown hasn’t held back in his assessment of Owen Farrell’s performance against Scotland yesterday – calling for the England captain to be dropped against Italy next Sunday.
Farrell has been criticised by many fans and pundits for his performance in the 11-6 defeat to the Scots with the 29-year-old clearly lacking in match fitness having not played since the Autumn Nations Cup.
With Saracens yet to play this season and a start date for the Championship still up in the air, England boss Eddie Jones has been left with a number of his key players undercooked for the Six Nations.
Writing in his column for the Mail On Sunday, Brown reckons “enough is enough” and Farrell should be axed this weekend in favour of George Ford.
“Eddie Jones talks about giving the English rugby public something to smile about in the current climate but people can’t be enjoying this England. His side have some brilliant outside backs and it is time to use them,” Brown writes.
“Next weekend could be time for a change and I would put Owen Farrell on the bench and start with George Ford against Italy on Saturday.
“Compared to his usual high standards Farrell was poor at Twickenham, with England wasting four-man overlaps and kicking the ball away. Enough is enough now and I would give Ford a chance to show how he can lead the backs.
“I would rather see England get some of their dangerous players into the match and give them a chance to express themselves — I don’t enjoy watching kick-chase all the time and I am sure people at home don’t either.”
What do you think? Should Farrell and maybe some of the other Saracens players be axed in favour of players who have been playing regularly in the Premiership and Europe?