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Farrell better for England tour

England fly-half Owen Farrell insists he has returned from South Africa an improved player.

Farrell started the first match against the Springboks last month but was dropped to the bench for the second and third Tests. England endured a 2-0 series defeat, drawing the third game, but Farrell has learnt much from the tour.

"The experience of playing in a series like that is what you benefit from most of all," he said.

"It's a massive challenge over there and we had three really tough games that could have gone either way.

"We can take a lot of confidence from that and the experience as a whole was totally beneficial. I didn't see any of the criticism of me. All I wanted to do was play and that pushed me on."


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