Hodgson questions Farrell move

Date published: November 18 2014

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Charlie Hodgson isn’t convinced that moving his Saracens and former England team-mate Owen Farrell to 12 will be a success.

Charlie Hodgson isn’t convinced that moving his Saracens and former England team-mate Owen Farrell to 12 will be a success.

Two poor performances from Farrell at fly-half against New Zealand and South Africa have led to calls for him to be dropped.

However, England appear set to move Farrell to inside centre in order to recreate the midfield partnership from the IRB Junior World Championships a few years back, with George Ford getting a first start at fly-half.

Hodgson though isn’t sure about moving Farrell around given his experience in Test rugby lies in one position.

“Owen has played the majority of matches in his professional career at number 10. To throw him in there would be a big call,” Hodgson told the BBC.

Hodgson raised the possibility of Farrell growing frustrated with not being able to control the game from inside centre.

“If they need that extra ball player in the centre, Owen is potentially the player to go to,” added Hodgson.

“It’s a difficult situation putting Farrell and Ford on at the same time.

“Owen is a strong character himself and he wants to have control of what’s going on.

“He might find that a bit difficult to do that from 12 and it might go against what George is trying to do at 10.”

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