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Racing 92 swiftly issue veiled statement regarding reported Owen Farrell signing

By Josh Raisey
Owen Farrell/ PA

Top 14 outfit Racing 92 have wasted no time in issuing a statement regarding reports that England captain Owen Farrell has signed a deal with them from next season.

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The initial report was released by French outlet Midi Olympique, who backtracked from originally confirming his move at the end of the season to emphasise that he is only ‘close’ to signing.

In response, the Parisian outfit have denied any agreement with Farrell. The statement reads (translated by Google): “Racing 92 is regularly under the aegis of numerous speculations concerning movements within its workforce. We are delighted with the appeal of our club Racing 92. However, we deny any agreement concerning the English player Owen Farrell.”

This is not the first time this week that a Top 14 club have responded to reports of an England giant making a move across the English Channel, as Toulon shot down reports that Courtney Lawes would be joining them at the end of the season, insisting they have not made any contact with him.

Conversely, Racing have not necessarily denied having any discussions with Farrell, rather they have simply denied reaching an agreement with him. That means a move to the French capital for the 112-cap England international is not off the table.

Farrell confirmed in November that he would be stepping down from international duty for the upcoming Six Nations and England’s summer tour, leaving plenty of people to speculate what the future holds for him on the Test scene. These reports today may have provided the clearest indication over Farrell’s international future, and, if anything, Racing’s statement suggests that a move to La Defense Arena is more than a possibility.

In the meantime, Farrell is set to start and captain the reigning Gallagher Premiership champions tomorrow against Leicester Tigers at Welford Road.

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Jon 1 days ago
Why Sam Cane's path to retirement is perfect for him and the All Blacks

> It would be best described as an elegant solution to what was potentially going to be a significant problem for new All Blacks coach Scott Robertson. It is a problem the mad population of New Zealand will have to cope with more and more as All Blacks are able to continue their careers in NZ post RWCs. It will not be a problem for coaches, who are always going to start a campaign with the captain for the next WC in mind. > Cane, despite his warrior spirit, his undoubted commitment to every team he played for and unforgettable heroics against Ireland in last year’s World Cup quarter-final, was never unanimously admired or respected within New Zealand while he was in the role. Neither was McCaw, he was considered far too passive a captain and then out of form until his last world cup where everyone opinions changed, just like they would have if Cane had won the WC. > It was never easy to see where Cane, or even if, he would fit into Robertson’s squad given the new coach will want to be building a new-look team with 2027 in mind. > Cane will win his selections on merit and come the end of the year, he’ll sign off, he hopes, with 100 caps and maybe even, at last, universal public appreciation for what was a special career. No, he won’t. Those returning from Japan have already earned the right to retain their jersey, it’s in their contract. Cane would have been playing against England if he was ready, and found it very hard to keep his place. Perform, and they keep it however. Very easy to see where Cane could have fit, very hard to see how he could have accomplished it choosing this year as his sabbatical instead of 2025, and that’s how it played out (though I assume we now know what when NZR said they were allowing him to move his sabbatical forward and return to NZ next year, they had actually agreed to simply select him for the All Blacks from overseas, without any chance he was going to play in NZ again). With a mammoth season of 15 All Black games they might as well get some value out of his years contract, though even with him being of equal character to Richie, I don’t think they should guarantee him his 100 caps. That’s not what the All Blacks should be about. He absolutely has to play winning football.

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