Farrell will bounce back – McCall

Date published: December 3 2014

Saracens coach Mark McCall has backed Owen Farrell to rediscover his best form ahead of the Six Nations after being dropped in November.

The England fly-half lost his starting spot to George Ford, initially shifting to centre against Samoa before having to settle for a place on the bench in the win over Australia.

It marked the first time that Farrell had been dropped by Stuart Lancaster since 2012, however his club boss McCall is confident he will be back to his best for the Six Nations, with a quad injury having hampered his preparation for November.

“He’s unbelievably phlegmatic, he deals with these things incredibly well,” said McCall.

“Everyone knows he was a bit rusty going into the autumn series, he only played one game for us.

“He’s going to play a lot of rugby for us over the next couple of months and hopefully going into the Six Nations, with him and George Ford eyeing for that position, he will have a lot more rugby under his belt.

“Every player wants to be supported. The coaches and I will always talk to every player.

“But he has a strong mind of his own which is a huge strength of his and he’ll be looking forward to playing for us this weekend.”