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29th Nov 2023

Owen Farrell takes break from international rugby ‘to prioritise his and his family’s mental well-being’

Niall McIntyre

England captain Owen Farrell will not play in the 2024 Six Nations.

Farell’s club Saracens issued a statement on Wednesday afternoon where they confirmed that the 32-year-old will take a break from international rugby.

Owen Farrell has decided to take a break from international rugby in order to prioritise his and his family’s mental well-being,” it read.

“This means he will not be available for selection for the 2024 Six Nations.

“He will continue to play for Saracens and captain the club.

“As always, Owen will have the full support of everyone at the club.”

Lawrence Dallaglio

Farrell missed the start of England’s 2023 World Cup campaign due to a suspension he picked up prior to the tournament. Farrell, who has been capped 112 times for his country, missed England’s opening games against Argentina and Japan due to a high tackle on Wales’ Taine Basham.

He went onto play a key role in England’s campaign, kicking 15 points against South Africa before playing a key role in their third place play-off win over Argentina.

On the back of the announcement, England head coach Steve Borthwick hailed Farrell ‘exemplary player, captain and leader who always gives his all for his country.’

“Everyone at England Rugby is fully behind Owen’s decision,” said 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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