Under-fire captain Owen Farrell admits ‘I am HURTING after my mistakes’ as England star vows to ‘put it right’ in Six Nations clash against Italy at Twickenham on Saturday
- Owen Farrell has accepted his share of the blame for shock defeat by Scotland
- England’s players endured an uncomfortable inquest at the start of this week
- He has been moved to inside centre and George Ford handed the No 10 shirt
- Eddie Jones’ side are looking to bounce back against Italy on Saturday afternoon
Owen Farrell has accepted his share of the blame for England’s shock defeat by Scotland and insists they can harness the emotions of a tough week when they face Italy on Saturday.
As reported by Sportsmail on Thursday, Farrell was moved to inside centre when Eddie Jones named his team, with George Ford in at No 10.
Farrell’s poor display in the Six Nations opener drew criticism and he admitted he had not played well enough.
Owen Farrell has accepted his share of the blame for England’s shock defeat by Scotland
‘We are massively disappointed, as am I with my performance,’ he said.
‘We are now looking ahead to this week and feel like we’ve prepared well and used the disappointment well.’
When asked about squandering a six-on-two overlap, he said: ‘It was a bad decision. I had the ball. It was a bad decision. That ball should have been moved.’
England’s players endured an uncomfortable inquest at the start of this week and when asked if that process hurt, Farrell said: ‘Yeah, it’s definitely not nice. You go through a range of thoughts and emotions. Disappointment to being frustrated, to being excited about putting it right.
Farrell practices his kicking as legendary fly-half Jonny Wilkinson watches on during training
‘We’ve been through all of them this week. But we’re not kicking stones and sulking. We have been getting on with doing our jobs and enjoying it.’
Farrell suggested he would be able to block out the torrent of criticism that has come his way in recent days, adding: ‘I care about what the people who matter to me are saying.
‘I care about trying to do the best I can and making sure I perform at the weekend. That’s what I’m bothered about.’
George Ford has reclaimed the No 10 shirt with Farrell shifting to inside centre against Italy
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