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Young rugby fan begs Owen Farrell not to leave Saracens

By Ian Cameron
Owen Farrell of Saracens holds his neck after a tackle during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match between Leicester Tigers and Saracens at Mattioli Woods Welford Road Stadium on January 06, 2024 in Leicester, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Ah shucks! A young Saracens fan has been photographed imploring Owen Farrell not to leave the club for French giants Racing 92.

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Saracens’ social media account posted photographs on X of the young fan brandishing a placard reading ‘Owen, please don’t leave’ following their side’s 19-10 defeat to Leicester Tigers at Welford Road.

Farrell picked the youngster up and comforted him in what was a wholesome moment in front of a small crowd of travelling Saracens fans.

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The heartfelt plea comes amid reports that the England skipper is poised to sign a two-year deal with the French Top 14 heavyweights, potentially ending his illustrious international career with England.

On Friday Midi Olympique reported that Farrell is considering a move to join ex-England head coach Stuart Lancaster at Racing 92 after the 2023/24 season.

Farrell, who recently revealed he would be taking a sabbatical from Steve Borthwick’s England squad for the upcoming Guinness Six Nations tournament, is nearing the end of his contract with Saracens, the only club he has represented professionally.

Farrell, who has 112 caps and 1,237 points with England, was subjected to consistent booing by fans during last autumn’s Rugby World Cup in France, prompting him to prioritize his and his family’s mental well-being. A potential move to Racing 92 would see Farrell join a super-star roster that includes Rugby World Cup winner Siya Kolisi and his England teammate Henry Arundell.

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“He [Owen Farell] is very good at putting distractions to one side and just doing his best for the team and we saw that again today,” said Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall when being quizzed about his star standoff after the defeat.

“You’d have to ask them,” continued McCall, adding with his next reply: “Genuinely, it’s just not fair for anyone to talk about something that, like I said before the game, is speculation. It’s just not fair to anyone. Until there is something to talk about we are not going to talk about it.”

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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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