Farrell backing Ford to shine

Date published: November 22 2014

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England’s regular pivot Owen Farrell has no problem handing over the number 10 jersey to George Ford for Saturday’s Test with Samoa.

England’s regular fly-half Owen Farrell has no problem handing over the number 10 jersey to George Ford for Saturday’s Test with Samoa at Twickenham.

Farrell has been shifted to inside centre to make way for Bath pivot Ford who will start his first Test for England.

And Farrell gave Ford his support ahead of the Test despite relinquishing the duties which comes with playing fly-half, especially the goal-kicking.

“It’s George’s first start so it’s good for him to have the whole responsibility,” he said.

“I know he’ll be brilliant.

“He’ll love it and it’s good that he’s going into the game with the whole package. I agree with what’s happening.

“I’ll concentrate on my job, which is helping him out.

“I like the responsibility of goal-kicking, but I’ll not be too down-heartened about not doing it because I have a job to concentrate on.”

Farrell has earned a reputation for his competitive nature but showed no signs of resentment after losing his cherished number 10 jersey and is focused on doing well at inside centre.

“I’m chuffed to be playing,” he added.

“I didn’t for one second think that even if things were going brilliantly and we were winning every game that I was going to start every game from now until whenever.

“I’ve never been that naive to think I’d play every game. This is a chance to try something different.”

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