England under Eddie Jones have so far tended to operate with George Ford at fly-half, and Owen Farrell moved to inside-centre. But is this a stop-gap measure or a long-term solution to England’s vexing and seemingly perennial midfield problem?
Although it is very plausible that these two close friends, who had great success in junior rugby playing alongside each other, will continue to be midfield partners for England, what happens if the Red Rose produce a world-class No. 12 in the next decade? It’s been over ten years since England had one, so they are due…
With that in mind, here I rate the two fly-halves on what I consider to be the most important elements of the No. 10 role.
|Attribute||George Ford||Owen Farrell|
|Kicking from the tee||7||9|
As you can see, this little exercise settled nothing, but I think that if push came to shove, and England were facing a high-pressure, must-win match, they would opt for Owen Farrell, just as Stuart Lancaster did (unsuccessfully, of course) at the 2015 World Cup.
In top-level international rugby, Farrell’s superior goal-kicking is probably worth an extra half a point.
So Farrell just edges it, but England are blessed to have two such talented and young fly-halves.
Daniel Rey, Pundit Arena
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