Owen Farrell, au moins jusqu'en Australie en 2027

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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 18: Owen Farrell of Saracens looks on during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match between Harlequins and Saracens at The Stoop on November 18, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

Owen Farrell est revenu de la Coupe du monde avec la volonté de prolonger sa carrière le plus longtemps possible.

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Farrell a conduit l’Angleterre à la troisième place en France, après une défaite cuisante en demi-finale contre l’Afrique du Sud, mais, contrairement à un certain nombre de ses pairs internationaux, le joueur de 32 ans n’a pas l’intention de s’arrêter.

Une histoire de passion

Ben Youngs, Courtney Lawes et Jonny May ont disputé leurs derniers matchs internationaux à la Coupe du Monde de Rugby, tandis que Dan Cole, Joe Marler, Danny Care et Manu Tuilagi sont également sur le point de quitter le plus haut niveau.

Mais Farrell a évoqué la possibilité d’être encore présent pour Australie 2027, alors que l’Angleterre entre dans une période de reconstruction.

« J’aime ce que je fais, j’en suis passionné et je ne pense pas que cela va ralentir de sitôt », a déclaré le capitaine des Saracens lors du lancement de la saison de l’Investec Champions Cup au Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

« J’ai une chance inouïe de faire quelque chose qui me passionne vraiment et je veux jouer aussi longtemps que possible si je suis toujours motivé par ce que je fais.

« Je ne me poserais pas et ne fixerais pas d’objectifs. Mais je ne dirais pas non plus que ce n’est pas dans un coin de ma tête.

« Je ne serais pas du genre à dire : “je fais faire ci, ça et ça, voilà ce que je veux atteindre et voilà ce à quoi je travaille chaque jour”. Mais ils sont là, en arrière-plan.

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« Ce qui est passionnant, c’est ce qui nous attend, ce que nous pouvons faire avec ce que nous avons fait et comment tirer le meilleur de nous-mêmes. J’espère qu’il y aura encore beaucoup d’autres choses de ce genre. »

Objectifs sur deux fronts

L’objectif immédiat de Farrell est d’aider les Saracens à se battre sur deux fronts : le Gallagher Premiership déjà en cours et la Champions Cup qui débutera le 9 décembre contre les Bulls.

Les Saracens ont remporté trois titres européens, dont le dernier en 2019 : une compétition qui prend une place particulière dans le cœur de Farrell.

« Quand j’étais encore à l’école et que je regardais le rugby, j’étais impatient de regarder ce qui s’appelait alors la Heineken Cup, aujourd’hui la Champions Cup », raconte le demi d’ouverture.

Vous étiez assis là le vendredi soir, puis toute la journée du samedi, toute la journée du dimanche, parfois vous ne bougiez pas parce qu’il n’y avait qu’un grand match après l’autre.

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« Il y a quelque chose dans les matchs européens qui les rend plus importants. Ce sont des matchs que les équipes attendent avec impatience et elles finissent par donner le meilleur d’elles-mêmes sur le terrain. »

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sean 32 minutes ago
The bite don't match the bark

Yeah, he has a few good points… I disagree that our 7s haven't done anything, we won Bronze in 2016, and we were virtually unplayable to the backend of the “teens” winning the series. 7s is far more competitive globally than Union, so it's fair to say we haven't dominated, but we are almost always contenders. But I do agree that our national side doesn't perform nearly as well as it should between World Cups, and I do agree that our supporters can be too passionate and the opitimity of what Rugby stands against. I have said so many times. And I also believe some context needs to be taken into account with Saturday's win for Ireland. They're a really good team! Settled coaching staff, and bar a few legends retiring, they've had a full season and plenty of time together. We have some youngsters being groomed for the future, have played only 3 games now under a new coaching team with new philosophies and game plans. I'm excited by what the future of this team holds, as much as I am disappointed by the result. But unlike this article suggests, I am never going to take away from what Ireland has achieved, is achieving, and where they're heading. As a Rugby fan, I love the tight games, like the last two weekends. As a Bok Super Fan, I agree we don't perform as well as we should. And as an aside, you come play a game at 7am on our fields, bud. -2°c and frost on the field that is as hard as concrete…. Then we’ll see just how tough you are. Well done Ireland! They played well, and gave our boys a lot to think about. That's what you want from the top two teams in the world. Rugby won. The fans of this greatbsport won. A'n bullshit like this article is why Rugby is losing its identity. I don't like soccer. This article perpetuates the soccer influences the game of Rugby is starting to see. It's why Wayne Barnes retired, feared for his family, and he isn't the only ref to say so. I have called out many Bok fans for being an embarrassment to the game, and I will continue to do so. Rugbypass.com, this article is close to the same bullshit. You should be better.

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Michael 1 hours ago
All Blacks vs England takeaways: Richie Who? Time for Cortez

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