- Farrell aiming to add attacking impetus against New Zealand
- Looking forward to playing against Dan Carter, says fly half
With Toby Flood out injured Owen Farrell will take over as fly half against New Zealand on Saturday and the Saracens number 10 is aiming to play a more expansive game in the dry conditions.
It will be the 21-year-old’s first full start in this year’s QBE Internationals, although he played an instrumental role in England’s fight back last weekend against the Springboks when he came on as a substitute for the injured Flood. Farrell kicked three penalties to bring England within one point of victory.
All of England’s points came from the boot against South Africa after wet conditions restricted both sides’ ability to effectively spread the play into wider channels.
Farrell, who has not featured in the last five Tests for his country, is looking forward to playing with a bit of variety in what forecasters are predicting will be a dry day in south west London.
“It was pretty difficult conditions against South Africa,” said Farrell, who was recently nominated for IRB players of the year. “We saw a bit of variety against Australia but against South Africa it was quite tough to get the ball moving. It took a little while longer on the ball to move it wider and they had a lot of numbers on their feet and managed to get up off the defensive line. Hopefully with a bit of dry weather we will be able to bring some variety to our game."
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Farrell’s opposite number on Saturday will be 93-cap Dan Carter, who returns from injury to replace Hurricanes fly half Aaron Cruden, and Farrell is excited ahead of the challenge of taking on one of the game’s best.
“He is world class and was one of my favourite players growing up. He looks in control of everything he is doing and looks like he can play the game in his sleep. He is a world class player and one that’s always at the top of his game. I am looking forward to going out there and playing against him at the weekend.
"Floody has been playing really well and it's unfortunate he got injured at the weekend but I am looking forward to my chance and proving myself out there. Every opportunity to play for England is a good opportunity and I have been making sure in training I have been working hard to get better as a player and hopefully I have done that and can show that at the weekend."