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Matt Williams Believes 'Average 10' Owen Farrell Will Transform England's Attack

Matt Williams Believes 'Average 10' Owen Farrell Will Transform England's Attack
By Colman Stanley
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England's 'better-than-expected' World Cup campaign continued this evening, with a 34-12 victory over Japan in Nice.

The rugby was often turgid from both sides, and while Japan were competitive for large parts of the match, England were comfortable in the end.

They were better going forward than in their kick fest win over Argentina last week, but there were still times in the game when they looked completely disjointed and clueless in attack.

Speaking on Virgin after the match, Matt Williams, Andrew Trimble, and Rob Kearney all felt that the return of Owen Farrell, to play alongside George Ford, will be of huge benefit to the side.

"My personal opinion, historically, and I know it changes when guys get older, England have been best, over the last few years with Ford at ten and Farrell at 12," said Williams.

And at times they've played one at either side of the field, under Eddie Jones they had a whole load of combinations.

I think Farrell is a world class 12 and they play him, as the Kiwis say, as a second five, he uses his skills there. And I think, these days, he's an average 10.

I've huge respect for him, he's a fabulous player. But that's where I think he's best.

Matt Williams And The Virgin World Cup Team Discuss Owen Farrell And England 


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England head coach Steve Borthwick spoke after the game, and was keen to continue the positive vibes, despite the fairly awful rugby on show.

"I'm really pleased with the players and for the supporters here tonight," said Borthwick.

We have a fantastic traveling support, who spend a lot of money to watch this team. Tonight was tough but we have a good bonus point and we are pleased by that.


"How great is it that we have such incredible quality in depth at 10 and 15? I thought Marcus Smith came on and was brilliant in that last quarter.

"The next step is for the players to enjoy the win because they played very hard. We play Chile in six days time so we'll recover and get a great plan together then look forward to that."

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