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Jamie George backs Farrell for England

18 November 2011

  • George says Farrell should be in England squad
  • He’s always had so much talent – George
Owen Farren in action for England U20

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Former England Under 20 captain Jamie George has echoed the sentiments of Springboks legend John Smit in backing Saracens teammate, and current Aviva Premiership Player of the Month, Owen Farrell to break into the England team in the not too distant future.

World Cup winner Smit recently described Farrell as a ‘special young player’, saying: “Every now and again you come across someone like Owen – he’s special. For him it's a matter of when, not if, he plays Test rugby.”

Smit added: "He's playing in a position he wasn't a year ago but everything he does he does well. He kicks nicely, tackles nicely, runs nicely and has great distribution."

Saracens back Owen Farrell

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Hooker George, 21, says that he’s played with 20-year-old Farrell since he was 14, and is not surprised by his accelerated success in the slightest.

“I’d have him in my RBS 6 Nations squad,” George said. 

“I’ve played with him since I was 14, and he’s always had so much talent.

“He’s so mature on the pitch, and he’s got no problem bossing people around who are twice his age. He’s a brilliant player and I can’t see any reason why he shouldn’t be playing for England Seniors next year.”

Saracens hooker Jamie George

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On his own international aspirations, George, who has played with England through all age grades, suggested that while he’s concentrating his efforts on dislodging Schalk Brits and Smit in the Sarries pecking order, England remains at the forefront of his mind.

He said: “It’s every guys dream to play for the national side, and I’d love to be involved in any capacity. I’ve had a good run through the age groups, so maybe the next step would be the Saxons.

“That said, my main aim at the moment is to just keep developing at Saracens, and learning from the great coaching staff and players we have there.”