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Owen Farrell: I'm happy to let George Ford get his kicks

By Duncan Bech

Owen Farrell is happy to concede centre stage to George Ford when the former school friends start their first England match together in today's QBE International against Samoa.

Ford, the Aviva Premiership's form fly-half, has been told "you're the boss, so get bossing" by Stuart Lancaster as the head coach seeks to address the lack of tried and tested depth in the position.

As Lancaster's first choice 10 for most of his reign, Farrell has become accustomed to the role of team general and the vocal 23-year-old is at ease with the responsibility of giving orders.

But against the big-hitting Pacific Islanders he must play second fiddle at inside centre, taking directions from Ford and relinquishing the goalkicking duties he treasures.

"It's George's first start so it's good for him to have the whole responsibility. I know he'll be brilliant," Farrell said.

"He'll love it and it's good that he's going into the game with the whole package. I agree with what's happening. I'll concentrate on my job, which is helping him out.

"I like the responsibility of goalkicking, but I'll not be too down heartened about not doing it because I have a job to concentrate on. If George asks me if I want a crack at one, I'll say yes! Him doing the kicking hasn't stopped me practising this week."

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