Owen Farrell announces international break to ‘prioritise’ well-being
In a statement, Farrell’s club Saracens said that his decision had been made “in order to prioritise his and his family’s mental well-being”.
“Everyone at England Rugby is fully behind Owen’s decision,” said Steve Borthwick.
“Since making his debut, he has been an integral part of the England set up for over a decade and the demands on elite athletes are extremely challenging. He is an exemplary player, captain and leader and always gives his all for his country.
“It is with typical courage that Owen has made this decision to open up in this manner. Together with all of us at England Rugby, I will do everything I can to ensure that he has the support he requires going forward.”
England captain Owen Farrell will take a break from international rugby to prioritise his and his family’s mental well-being
Owen has the full support of everyone at England Rugby 🌹
— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) November 29, 2023
Saracens added that 32-year-old Farrell would continue to play for them and captain the Gallagher Premiership club.
This past weekend Farrell was in the headlines again, this time after being heard telling referee Luke Pearce to treat him with respect.