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BREAKING: Owen Farrell to step away from England duties entirely

BY Jack Tunney  ·  Wednesday Nov 29, 2023

In a shocking twist this afternoon, England rugby have announced that the England captain, Owen Farrell, will be taking a break from international rugby.

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The length of the break is undetermined, but the national side have confirmed that the 112-cap fly half will not be available for the 2024 Six Nations.

The reason for the break is “in order to prioritise his and his family’s mental well-being.”

Everyone at England Rugby is fully behind Owen’s decision,” said England coach Steve Borthwick.

“Since making his debut, he has been an integral part of the England set up for over a decade and the demands on elite athletes are extremely challenging. He is an exemplary player, captain and leader and always gives his all for his country.

“It is with typical courage that Owen has made this decision to open up in this manner. Together with all of us at England Rugby, I will do everything I can to ensure that he has the support he requires going forward.”

Farrell will continue to captain his club side Saracens.

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