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Farrell will come good - Robinson

03rd April 2013 09:06


Owen Farrell England training

Criticised: Owen Farrell

England and Lions legend Jason Robinson has backed fly-half Owen Farrell to silence his critics ahead of selection to tour Australia.

Farrell impressed initially in the Six Nations but struggled in the title decider against Wales in Cardiff, prompting questions regarding his temperament in big matches.

Still only 21, Robinson believes that having come such a long way in a short space of time at Test level, Farrell can only improve.

"You don't become a bad player overnight and Owen needs to remember this," said Robinson to This Is Local London.

"He had a great tournament and he will be right up there in terms of the Lions.

"A lot of people got on his back after the Wales game, saying he looked out of sorts and everything. But how old is Owen? How far has he come in such a short space of time?

"He is great at kicking, strong in the tackle and mature for his age. He has been the real find for England this Six Nations and one bad performance shouldn't shadow that.

"Of course he still has things to learn and he could offer more to England in attack as sometimes he looked a bit out of position and too far back but this will come with time.

"With the Lions coming up that was the game to perform. All eyes were on Cardiff and it needed two teams to perform and unfortunately only the one team performed.

"And as a result of that I am sure Warren [Gatland] can make his team up of a majority of Welsh players. How can he look elsewhere?

"England though have done some fantastic things and after a defeat you need to take a step back, take it on the chin and do the analysis.

"The Lions will be looking at Owen and I think the fly-half spot is interesting because with Sexton getting injured that spot is up for grabs with Biggar thrown in as well."