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Farrell delighted to work with Smith as new star ‘oozes rugby’ ahead of England tests

wen Farrell says a passion for rugby “emerges” from Marcus Smith, with whom he is expected to line up alongside England for the first time this fall.

Farrell, the England captain, praised Smith, who joined him on the British and Irish Lions’ tour of South Africa this summer after winning his first two international caps.

Although the two have never played for England together, Smith has frequented Eddie Jones camps on several occasions in recent years and even stayed with Farrell.

The pair could find themselves up front and inside center this fall, or work together as a starter and finisher in tests against Tonga, Australia and South Africa.

“He’s obviously a huge talent and a very exciting player,” said Farrell. “We have already worked together, he has already been in camps, when he was a little younger. I have shared a room with him in the past and it was good to get to know him a little better during the summer.

“He’s a brilliant boy and he’s not only a very talented player but a good student of the game. It sounds a bit cliché, but he’s really keen to improve and understand the game a bit more and he loves to discuss rugby. So that allowed me to get along easily with him!

“He seems to have confidence in himself because for me he did the job. He understands the game and knows exactly what he wants out of it. He speaks with good sense and that helps your confidence and helps when it comes to playing in the position he is in.

Farrell says Smith’s passion for the game is evident.


“Yeah, it’s his passion for the game, it oozes out of him,” he said. “When he scores at the weekend, he likes to score, he likes to do well for his team, he obviously takes a lot of fun playing at the minute. He wears his heart on his sleeve, it’s a huge asset, the immense passion he has for the game. “

Jones recently said Farrell, who had not started any of the three Lions tests, had not performed at his best this year – an assessment the England captain agreed with.

“I would agree with him,” he said. “I could have played better. I agree that there are parts of my game that I want to come back to and do more of.



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