Owen Farrell became the Saracens’ head coach during his injury, says Jamie George

The England hooker stole the show at Soccer AM but says team-mate Owen Farrell is in a class of his own on the rugby field

"Owen is the best player I've worked with in every facet of the game"
“Owen is the best player I’ve worked with in every facet of the game”

Jamie George put it in the top bin on his first try when he went to Soccer AM over the weekend.

He also holed out at the course chosen to host the inaugural event of the Saudi Arabia-backed Golf Super League in June.

But ask him who has been the greatest contributor to Saracen’s years of success in English rugby and he has no hesitation in pointing it not to himself but to Owen Farrell.

On Sunday, the day after George volleyed the house into the top corner with his right volley, Farrell showed a master class in Sarries’ win over Exeter.

It was only his ninth game in an injury-plagued season but George is shocked that anyone was even remotely surprised by his level of performance.

“Owen is one of the best players to ever play this game,” said the English hooker.

“He’s the best player I’ve worked with in every facet of the game.

George: “Owen is exactly the reason why we won as much as we have”


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“Some of the criticism he gets I can never understand.

“Come to Saracens every week and watch him play. He’s the reason we won so much.”

George revealed that while Farrell was sidelined from the club and England by two serious ankle injuries, the playmaker “became our head coach”.

He added: “He’s so good. He offers so much on and off the field. He’s so, so important to this team.

“With his voice, with his actions, during the week he prepares, he shows people how it’s done. I can’t say enough about him.”

A feature of Sunday’s game was how Farrell grabbed the competition by the neck after Exeter went into half-time.

George scores his dream goal in Soccer AM with a volley into the top bin

When he wasn’t shouting instructions and encouragement to his teammates, he was letting his own game do the talking.

“Can you imagine playing with him?” said Georg. “People hear him on the ref mic or whatever, but imagine if it happened you would be off.

“Do you know how hard it is to talk when you’re so tired? I talk a lot, but there are times in the game where I think, “I can’t do this”.

Farrell is limping from Twickenham after suffering an ankle ligament injury against Australia in November


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“He does it for 80 minutes, non-stop, relentlessly. It’s all the things that people don’t see.”

Farrell missed England’s entire Six Nations campaign, in fact he only started one Test all season against Australia in November when he suffered ligament damage that required surgery.

Once he’s fit and in shape again, it feels like anything is possible for Sarries for the rest of the season.

“We want to win the league, it’s as simple as that,” said George. “We also want to win Europe and we have the potential to do that if we pull ourselves together and get some work done.” Owen Farrell became the Saracens' head coach during his injury, says Jamie George

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