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VIDEO – Winning a Slam with your mates would be special says Farrell

14 March 2013

  • Owen Farrell talks pitchside to RFUtv ahead of Wales in Cardiff
  • England squad confident and relaxed ahead of Grand Slam chance

At just 21 and 15 games into his international career, Owen Farrell stands one game away from a Grand Slam and he says it is special because he would be winning it with his mates.

On the day England set off for Cardiff to face Wales in the RBS 6 Nations decider, Farrell spoke after training about what five successive wins in the tournament would mean to him personally.

Ahead of a match of such magnitude, the fly half cut a relaxed figure talking to RFUtv under a barrage of tennis balls from returning loose head prop Joe Marler.

With the Harlequins man in the background, Farrell said: “We’re all mates off the pitch and get on really well, except Marler. We’re a good group of lads, again except Marler.

“Winning the Grand Slam would be a massive achievement for this team, to be where we were a year ago, to come close to winning the title and then to do what we’ve done this year speaks volumes for what’s been put in place.

“We’ve taken steps forward each time we’ve gone on the field and we’re looking to take another one at the weekend.”

Farrell wil start at fly half for England

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Farrell is fit again after missing the win over Italy with a quad strain sustained during the previous victory over France. The Saracens man has been kicking in training this week – the main concern with such an injury – and is raring to go at the Millennium Stadium.

Wales are notable for sending big ball carriers Jamie Roberts, George North and Alex Cuthbert crashing down the 10 channel as a primary way of getting over the gain line and, with a wry smile which reveals his appetite for the battle, Farrell admitted the Welsh have some “big units in the backline”.

He added: “The kicking leg is fine, I’ve done a few in training today, they’re going alright and I look forward to getting out at captain’s run tomorrow and doing a few more at the Millennium Stadium.

“Wales have got some big units in the backline and they normally target the 10 but it’s not about individuals, we go and get them as a team and we’ll look to do that at the weekend.”