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Saracens vow to give Farrell time at 10 for England


Owen Farrell kicks a penalty for England

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Article Published: Monday 31 December 2012


Saracens coach Mark McCall has promised that he will play Owen Farrell at fly half ahead of England's Six Nations campaign which starts in February.

Twenty-one-year-old Farrell started for Saracens against Northampton Saints off the bench and played at outside centre but kicked two penalties which were effectively match winners.

Veteran England fly-half Charlie Hodgson started the match as flyhalf and also kicked two of Saracens penalties against the Saints in Milton Keynes.

"Owen will play some rugby at 10 over the next two or three weeks," McCall told BBC Radio 5 live.

"He'll get plenty of rugby there to make sure he's in good form for England when the Six Nations begins.

England head coach Stuart Lancaster has a selection dilemma at flyhalf as he started Toby Flood against Australia and South Africa but with Flood injured he started Farrell against the All Blacks and England shocked the rugby world by beating the World Champions 38-21.

Farrell controlled England's backline with confidence against the All Blacks and also kicked 17 points.

Twelve-cap Farrell intends to use January as an opportunity to prove to Lancaster that he should England's Six Nations opener at flyhalf against Scotland.

"Owen is very aware of the plan we have over the next three weeks - and has been since he came back from England's autumn internationals - about when he will play 10 and when he won't," said McCall.

"He is very happy with that plan."

Farrell made his England debut against Scotland in the same Six Nations fixture in 2012.

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