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VIDEO – I know the game plan inside out says Farrell

24 February 2012

  • Owen Farrell tells RFUtv about the responsibility of playing at ten
  • I know the game plan inside out says 20-year-old

Owen Farrell says he's comfortable controlling the game from ten in only his third start for his country because he understands the way the England system works.

The 20-year-old will start at fly half against Wales at Twickenham on Saturday after Charlie Hodgson suffered a finger injury in training.

But the Saracens man, who started at inside centre in Scotland and Italy, told RFUtv that he isn’t phased by the role and has felt comfortable stepping into the position in training.

"I guess there’s a little bit more responsibility as far as you make the calls and you have to be sharp and your knowledge of the game plan," Farrell said. "We have been here for quite some time now and I feel like I know the game plan inside out and I’m really looking forward to it."

Farrell believes that the way England have trained and played in their opening two wins has enabled him to easily slot in at fly half in training.

Discussing his preparation ahead of the Wales game, he said: "I think the positions are a little bit different. I think the way we play here is very much about 12 and ten interchanging a bit, I’ve been feeling comfortable there in training and I think the way that I stepped in before with changing round with Charlie while he has been on the pitch and while he has been off the pitch I think I’m in line to feel comfortable about it.”

Farrell has shown remarkable composure on the pitch in kicking five kicks from five in Rome a fortnight ago and credits his club team mate Hodgson for helping him cope with the added responsibility.

Owen Farrell in preperation for England's third game of the 2012 RBS 6 Nations against Wales

Photo: Getty Images 

"I've learnt a lot from Charlie," Farrell said. 2I learn off him every week not just here but at the club as well. He’s brilliant to have around for me especially and I hope I keep learning off him as well."

He is expecting a tough encounter at Twickenham as Wales look to secure the Triple Crown and keep their Grand Slam hopes alive, but believes England have played some "good rugby" in their two away wins and are ready for the match.

He added: "I think Wales have been really good. I think they’ve been brilliant the way they’ve been playing and getting off the line and going in people’s faces as far as defence and really going at people in attack and challenging them. I think it’s going to be a tough test but one that we are prepared for and really looking forward to."