Siya Kolisi reveals his ‘love’ for ‘f***ing competitive’ Owen Farrell

Colin Newboult
England's Owen Farrell being tackled by South Africa Siya Kolisi.

England's Owen Farrell being tackled by South Africa Siya Kolisi.

Siya Kolisi has revealed his admiration for England captain Owen Farrell and would very much like to see him at Racing 92 next season.

The Saracens playmaker is currently mulling over a move to the Parisian outfit, which would end his 16-year professional career at the Londoners.

Farrell is reportedly close to signing for Racing, with the French side’s head coach Stuart Lancaster on Sunday confirming their interest in bringing the fly-half across the Channel.

On-field duels

Kolisi has enjoyed plenty of on-field battles with the England centurion over the years, and the Springboks legend gave his view on the pivot’s potential arrival.

“I hope he f***ing comes. I hope he does,” he told The Big Jim Show. “I love Owen; I really like him. I speak to him every now and then.

“I don’t understand why people don’t like him; I just think he’s f***ing competitive, which is what you want.”

Should the pivot agree a deal and sign for the Top 14 outfit on a purported two-year contract, it would rule him out of England contention for the duration of his contract.

However, it could eventually work out for all parties involved as the England skipper looks to get away from the spotlight that comes with being in his position.

“It’d be great for us if he could come. He’s really a good leader, I think he’s very competitive and he’s just misunderstood,” Kolisi added.

Implications

Should Farrell decide to head to Racing, it would obviously be a blow to Red Rose head coach Steve Borthwick, who is losing his main leader and backline linchpin.

But there could be positives. Borthwick already knew that he would be without the 32-year-old for the upcoming Six Nations after the playmaker announced last year that he would be stepping back from Test rugby.

This, therefore, gives him an opportunity to find his next long-term general, whether that be George Ford, Marcus Smith or Fin Smith.

It also provides Farrell with a much-needed break from the English rugby hubbub, something he will benefit from should he decide to return to the Premiership and make himself available for international selection.

Equally, there are potential downsides to his move, especially in regards to the Rugby Football Union’s eligibility laws.

Observers are already calling on the governing body to remove the restrictions which prevent individuals from playing for England if they are outside the Premiership, and that noise may only increase over the next couple of years.

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