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Farrells put sentiment to one side

Andy Farrell insists he will have no problem putting family ties to one side when it comes to deciding whether his son Owen makes England's starting team for their RBS 6 Nations opener against Scotland.

Farrell is part of the interim England management team, assistant coach to Stuart Lancaster, and 20-year-old Owen is one of the most exciting young rugby talents to have emerged in recent years.

Farrell senior, also head coach at Saracens where Owen plays at centre or fly-half, said: "As a coaching group we will make the right call for this group and that's the only way to do it. We will discuss what's right for our philosophy of play and how we want to play and we'll pick a team accordingly."

He continued: "It's good when you get home to be a father again and talk rugby with your son, but when you get to the club or the England Six Nations camp he's a player that I coach just like the rest of the players and that is how it has been from day one.

"Owen was in the academy when I first started coaching and we don't know any different.

"I have not even had a chance to talk to him at this camp so far. We have been here four days and we have had a lot to do so I have not had a chance to talk to him other than rugby, and I suppose that is the way it will be till Scotland."

Owen Farrell said there has never been a problem with being coached by his dad, a legend in rugby league for Wigan and Great Britain before he switched codes late in his career.

"I forget about that he's my dad, definitely," he said.

"Even when he wasn't a coach and he came and watched me play and talked to me after the game about what I had done right and done wrong, it wasn't any normal dad speaking to you. He has had massive experience so you massively respect what he says.

"I'm not trying to live up to what he has done either. I'm my own player, I take things from what he has done in the past and I've tried to learn from what he has done and ask him questions, and that has stood me in good stead."


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