ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Friday Dec 1, 2023

Owen Farrell reportedly set to be offered RFU hybrid contract

England rugby captain Owen Farrell is reportedly set to be offered a Rugby Football Union (RFU) central contract signalling a commitment by the governing body to supporting the player’s journey back to international rugby.

ADVERTISEMENT

Having recently announced that he will be unavailable for the 2024 Guinness Six Nations, England’s top points scorer will step back from international rugby to protect both his and his families mental wellbeing.

Farrell’s announcement has sent shockwaves through the rugby community and shed a necessary light on the toxic abuse that players, coaches and referees have been subjected to. The RFU, however, is determined to provide Farrell with the necessary support and time to overcome his challenges, demonstrating a progressive approach to mental health in professional sports.

The introduction of 25 ‘hybrid contracts’ by the RFU marks a strategic move to secure key players, such as Farrell, for the 2027 World Cup. These contracts will grant England coach Steve Borthwick greater control over players’ club appearances and training schedules, aligning with his vision for the national team’s success on the global stage.

Despite Farrell’s unavailability for selection in the near term, the RFU’s decision to extend a central contract reflects a forward-thinking approach. The contracts, scheduled to take effect at the beginning of the next season, are contingent on negotiations with Premiership Rugby over a new Professional Game Agreement. This agreement will address crucial matters like the calendar and player release dates for the next four years.

In addition to financial benefits, the central contract would provide Farrell access to the RFU’s medical team, including sports psychologists and mental well-being experts. This comprehensive support system underscores the RFU’s commitment to the holistic well-being of its players.

As England enters the Six Nations without a captain, the absence of Farrell leaves a leadership vacuum. With Courtney Lawes maintaining his international retirement leaving players such as George Ford, Ellis Genge and Maro Itoje as contenders for the role.

ADVERTISEMENT

Owen Farrell’s journey, both on and off the field, will undoubtedly be closely monitored by rugby fans across England. The RFU’s decision to offer him a central contract exemplifies a compassionate and strategic approach to the challenges faced by elite athletes, emphasising the importance of mental health in the demanding world of professional sports.

Comments




Related Articles

  • 12 WEEKS AGO

    Rugby Australia adjust tackle height rules...

  • 13 WEEKS AGO

    James Haskell shares thoughts on 'best mate'...

  • 13 WEEKS AGO

    Welsh Premier Division side caught in embarrassing...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    The dummy that sold the whole of Perth - including the cameraman

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Bayonne score 'one of the best tries you'll ever see' in latest match against Exeter

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Baloucoune shows Andy Farrell what he's missing as the winger tears through Harlequins defence

  • 18 WEEKS AGO

    Seriously impressive Courtney Lawes compilation released after England player calls time on international career

  • 19 WEEKS AGO

    Fiji number eight Viliame 'Bill' Mata scores audacious try

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    The sending off that rocked the Six Nations opener

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Wrecking ball beats 10 players to score full length of the pitch try

  • 14 WEEKS AGO

    Streaker causes major bust up as he tackles player

  • 14 WEEKS AGO

    Monster hit from Perrin leaves Bristol Bears player stunned

  • 16 WEEKS AGO

    Posolo Tuilagi's massive tackle lights up Top 14

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 18 HOURS AGO

    130m 'Try of the Decade' breaks the rugby internet

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Wrecking ball beats 10 players to score full length of the pitch try

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    Statement: Championship clubs fire back at RFU after 'flawed proposals' create rift

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    RFU proposes two-tier Premiership franchise to replace Championship despite huge opposition

  • 14 WEEKS AGO

    Compilation video shows Jamie George's surprising box of tricks

View All

Funnies

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Mike Philips recounts crazy night Shane Williams tried to fight Warren Gatland

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Shaun Edwards leaves room silent in new Six Nations documentary with French to English transition

  • 14 WEEKS AGO

    Streaker causes major bust up as he tackles player

  • 18 WEEKS AGO

    Luke Cowan-Dickie left red faced after losing very costly bet

  • 18 WEEKS AGO

    Mack Hansen proves once again that he is a hero in Ireland

View All

Amateur

  • 59 WEEKS AGO

    You Won’t See Many Better Than This Silky-Smooth Try From Llandovery RFC

  • 59 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes As Caldy RFC Hand Ealing First Championship Defeat Of The Season

  • 82 WEEKS AGO

    Dubious Score Decides Result Of Rugby's Biggest Schools Fixture

  • 82 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes At School Boys Rugby Match

  • 83 WEEKS AGO

    The Next Dominant Backrow?

View All

Player Features

  • 18 HOURS AGO

    130m 'Try of the Decade' breaks the rugby internet

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    What Tom Shanklin had to say about former teammate Gavin Henson

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Kinghorn returns to threaten England defence in Calcutta Cup

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Spencer and Lawrence to feature as multiple changes made to England line-up to face Scotland

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Mike Philips recounts crazy night Shane Williams tried to fight Warren Gatland

View All