Farrell makes big England decision
NEWS: England captain Owen Farrell will not be available for the 2024 Six Nations campaign.
On Wednesday, it was announced that the 32-year-old has “decided to take a break from international rugby in order to prioritise his and his family’s mental well-being”.
He will still play for Saracens and will continue to lead the team.
Farrell recently helped England to a third-place finish at this year’s World Cup.
England suffered a 15-16 defeat to South Africa in the semifinals before they went on to beat Argentina 26-23 in the Bronze Final.
During the World Cup, Farrell also became England’s record points-scorer.
“Everyone at England Rugby is fully behind Owen’s decision,” said head coach Steve Borthwick.
“Since making his debut, he has been an integral part of the England set-up for over a decade and the demands on elite athletes are extremely challenging.
“He is an exemplary player, captain and leader and always gives his all for his country.
“It is with typical courage that Owen has made this decision to open up in this manner.
“Together with all of us at England Rugby, I will do everything I can to ensure that he has the support he requires going forward.”
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— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) November 29, 2023