In light of England’s two impressive opening round victories in the Six Nations, the word world-class is being thrown around a lot.
Not only are England’s performances catching the eye of a lot of people around the world, but the performances of individual players are also drawing a lot of attention. One player in particular that is having his name mentioned on Twitter as the best player in the world is Owen Farrell.
Farrell’s Saracens and England teammate Jamie George recently said that the fly-half could be the best player in the world currently after two immense performances, and this may have got the ball rolling.
Farrell’s goalkicking and defence, although pushing the laws at times, have never been in question. But he has displayed another string to his bow this Six Nations as England have sought to play with much more tempo.
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The Saracen’s passing has been sublime at times, notably his pass to Jonny May in the opening stages of the match against Ireland in Dublin. His kicking out of hand has also been exceptional, and has meant that he has been able to dictate play comfortably. The fact that he is growing into the role as captain of the team is just another facet to his game, and a reason why so many supporters are hailing him as the form player on the planet currently.
Of course, there are a number of people of Twitter from other countries that object. Some argue the 27-year-old lacks the attacking nous of players like Johnny Sexton and Beauden Barrett. Then again, in terms of executing England’s gameplan, there is surely no player better than Farrell.
This is a debate that will continue throughout the Six Nations and beyond, and will only be answered convincingly at the World Cup in September.
This is what the fans have to say:
Owen Farrell = Best player in the world.
— Keian Richards (@triggerrich9) February 2, 2019
Anyone who doesn’t think Owen Farrell is the best player in the world lives in a different world!!
— Rob Edwards (@rob_edwards95) February 2, 2019
Owen Farrell best player in the world atm
— Matt Black (@mattblack_99) February 12, 2019
Owen Farrell is looking like the best player in the world at the moment and England’s blocking lines to stop the opposition kick chase are also brilliant. You’d wonder how legal it is ????? #ENGvFra
— Conor Barron (@Cbarron15) February 10, 2019
Is Farrell the best ten in the world now?
Barritt is a great attacking ten.
Sexton a brilliant attacking one.
But neither can do both at the same levels as Faz.
— Jezza72 (@JezzaD1972) February 11, 2019
Farrell is arguably best in world if forwards not doing much, sexton on the other hand look at him against England was awful, Farrell can play all situations
— si (@Simonrob883) February 11, 2019
Is Owen Farrell the best number ten in the world? ?
— Neil Murphy (@nm04992) February 10, 2019
Is Owen Farrell the best rugby player in the world at the moment? Yes he is.
— Alpha Male (@Options____) February 10, 2019
I hate him but Owen Farrell is probably the best 10 in world rugby at the moment
— Nathan James (@NathanJames259) February 10, 2019
Is Owen Farrell the best 10 in the world? Unbelievable today.
— Thom Davies (@thomasdaviess13) February 10, 2019
These fans still disagree though:
Flaf de kerk … Brodie retalikic … folau… pocock to name just a few .. all of them would get into a world 15 … Farrell would make the bench at best
— pierreFRancis 23490 (@P23490) February 10, 2019
Ludicrous comment. Farrell barely cracks a World XV, so how can he be the best. Sexton & Barrett are clearly ahead of him in his position. https://t.co/clATQW54yo
— Wozza (@adamsonwarren) February 10, 2019
Jonny May is England’s best player by quite a margin. Followed by Billy then Mako. Half of the New Zealand team are better than Farrell. And four or five fly-halves in world rugby are better than him. But you make a fair point.
— CynLon (@cynlon18) February 10, 2019
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