Owen Farrell tips Maro Itoje to make a huge impact for England
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England rugby star Owen Farrell is looking forward to life under new coach Eddie Jones – and has tipped his Saracens team-mate Maro Itoje to make a huge impact.
The fly-half was part of the 33-man squad announced by Jones on Wednesday (13).
But for Itoje, who like Farrell and fellow fly-half George Ford went to St George’s School in Harpenden, it was his first selection for the senior side.
But Farrell can only see big things for the 21-year-old forward.
Speaking exclusively to the Herts Ad he said: “It’s good for Maro to get in. He’s going to be the new cap when he plays and it’s obviously well-deserved.
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“Everyone has seen his form over the last year or two. He’s in a massive vein of form and it’s shown by his inclusion in the squad.
“Hopefully he goes from strength-to-strength now and carries on the way he’s going.
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“No doubt he will do.”
Farrell also thinks the squad can soon put the disappointment of last year’s World Cup behind them.
He said: “It’s a new and exciting squad. There’s obviously a few changes in the playing side but also in the coaching.
“We’re going into a little bit of unknown as players but it’s definitely exciting and something that we can’t wait to get into.”
Jones named his 33-man squad to meet up at Pennyhill Park on Sunday January 24, to begin preparation for England’s opening match against Scotland at Murrayfield on February 6.