|Weight||96kg (15st 1lb)|
It has taken Owen Farrell precious little time to impress with his game management and goal-kicking prowess for Saracens in the Aviva Premiership and in European competition. Six years ago, he became the youngest player at the time to make his debut in the professional game.
During his initial 24 Tests for England, he put over 92 place kicks out of 117 and won selection for the 2013 British & Irish Lions tour of Australia. He made his debut for them off the bench in the 41-16 win over Australia that clinched the series in Sydney after being an unused replacement for the Tests at Brisbane and Melbourne.
He landed seven kicks from eight attempts against Scotland at Twickenham in the opening RBS 6 Nations Championship match last year, became man of the match and then landed four out of six as Ireland were beaten 12-6 in Dublin. Owen had an identical return against France in late February, having also become the Aviva Premiership Player of the Month for January 2013. His 14 tackles against Scotland at Murrayfield in February 2014 were the most by an England player and the following month, he amassed 22 points against Italy in Rome, his highest total in an individual Test match.
Three days after being nominated alongside All Blacks Richie McCaw and Dan Carter and Frédéric Michalak of France, as the 2012 IRB Player of the Year, he played a vital role in England’s record win over New Zealand and scored 17 points, including his first dropped goal in Tests. His maiden try followed in the 20-13 win over Australia at Twickenham last November and by the end of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations Championship had amassed 556 points in 56 Premiership matches for Saracens.
Owen had added to his two appearances for the 2011 Grand Slam England U20 side with another four in the IRB Junior World Championship in Italy. He landed five penalty goals and converted the only try of the Aviva Premiership final by James Short when Saracens won the title for the first time, by beating Leicester Tigers 22-18, at Twickenham in May 2011.
His earlier kudos include a Heineken Cup Man of the Match award when Saracens edged out Racing Métro 92 by 19-14 in December 2010 after he had made a powerful impression for England U16, a side he captained, and for the U17 and U18 teams.
When returning from an England U17 tour of Argentina, he trained with his father and fellow Saracen Andy, a rugby league icon who won eight caps at union for England, including three in the 2007 RWC. When Farrell Snr fractured and dislocated a thumb against Western Force in August that year, Owen joined the match as his replacement.
A product of St George’s School in Harpenden, Owen studied Business at Hertfordshire University and also spent time on loan with Bedford Blues. He began playing rugby league at the age of eight, for Wigan St Patricks, like his father. Owen most admires All Blacks fly half Dan Carter and wore the No.12 jersey at union before switching to fly half.
Rugby’s distinctly in the family with loose forward Sean O’Loughlin, his uncle, playing for Wigan Warriors, England and Great Britain. His father Andy, who was Saracens’ first-team coach and is now the England backs coach, had followed a similar path.
259 points – 2T, 30C, 62PG, 1DG
2012 S, It, W, F, I, SA (1,2R,3R) Fj(R), A(R), SA(R), NZ 2013 S, I, F, W, A, Arg, NZ 2014 F, S, I, W, It
Lions: 2013 A (3R)
Last updated: March 21, 2014