Saracens coach Mark McCall and England head coach Eddie Jones will both be happier men after it was confirmed that influential fly-half Owen Farrell is set to start his first game of the season this weekend.
The Aviva Premiership side face the almighty challenge of taking on Toulon at the Stade Felix-Mayol in France on Saturday afternoon, and having at last recovered from the back and hip injuries that have kept him sidelined throughout the new league campaign, Farrell has been named at 10 along side Richard Wigglesworth for the Champions Cup fixture.
The versatile back has proven himself to be a key cog for both club and country in recent years and with November’s Test games just around the country, Jones will also be delighted to see Farrell getting some game time at last. The 25-year-old last played rugby in June.
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“Our game against Wasps was good preparation for a game like Saturday’s but there are parts of game where we’ll need to step up for a team as strong as Toulon,” McCall told the Saracens website. “We have a group who relish these kinds of challenges and big occasions – I’m confident that our players will thrive in such an atmosphere.”
The news was also very much welcomed on Twitter.
— Hugh Godwin (@hughgodwin_) October 14, 2016
— caz (@cazthesarrie) October 14, 2016
Owen Farrell starts
Good news for club and country.
And him, of course https://t.co/FMgllxvbsr
— Mick Cleary (@MickClearyTel) October 14, 2016
— Joanna Johnson (@jazjohnson5) October 14, 2016
— Will Kelleher (@willgkelleher) October 14, 2016
Owen Farrell starts for @Saracens at Toulon. Big call
— chris jones (@chrisjonespress) October 14, 2016
Saracens Team to face Toulon: Alex Goode; Sean Maitland, Marcelo Bosch, Brad Barritt (c), Chris Wyles; Owen Farrell, Richard Wigglesworth; Mako Vunipola, Jamie George, Juan Figallo; Maro Itoje, George Kruis; Jackson Wray, Schalk Burger, Billy Vunipola.
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