Competition for places pleases Farrell

Date published: January 9 2013

England backs coach Andy Farrell highlighted the importance of competition for places when looking ahead to the upcoming Six Nations.

England backs coach Andy Farrell is delighted to possess competition for places when he looked forward to the upcoming Six Nations Championship.

Fly-half is one area where the English possess real talent as Freddie Burns, Toby Flood and Owen Farrell battle it out for the starting jersey.

And for the latter's father, Andy, he believes it's a great thing for the side as they look for silverware.

“There is competition at 10, there is competition there across the board,” he told Sky Sports.

“Freddie has played very well at club level and he had a 20-minute spell against New Zealand so he will obviously get confidence from that, but Owen and Toby are also playing well, so there is competition throughout the squad.

“It was a very difficult squad to pick because a lot of players are playing well and are in form.”

Burns' team-mate at Gloucester, Billy Twelvetrees, was also included in boss Stuart Lancaster's selection and Farrell continues to be impressed by the inside centre.

“Billy Twelvetrees is a talented player who has had a lot of experience at 10, so he gives you options at both 10 and 12,” he added.

“He obviously has got the brain of a 10 but the physicality of a 12 that can get you over the gain-line and do the hard yards as well, so he is another guy that we are looking to expose to international football and I think it's good for everyone concerned.”