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Farrell taking centre stage: Tindall

By Duncan Bech

Owen Farrell is blossoming into a "natural" Test match inside centre, according to World Cup winner Mike Tindall.

England's most-capped centre Tindall has hailed Farrell and George Ford for forging a "genuine partnership" at 10 and 12 in Eddie Jones' set-up.

The 2003 World Cup-winning midfielder believes England are itching to hit their free-flowing best in Saturday's NatWest Six Nations clash in Scotland.

And the former Gloucester and Bath star expects British and Irish Lions playmaker Farrell to produce another top showing in the weekend's Calcutta Cup encounter at BT Murrayfield.

"I used to think there would be a better option at 10 and 12 for England, but now Ford and Farrell are playing as a genuine partnership," Tindall said.

"If I was going to pick my own pairing, I'd probably have Farrell at 10. But the way the two of them have played in the last two games, Farrell's actually playing like a natural 12 now, rather than a 10 playing at 12.

"He's hitting lines, he's fully acting as a distributing 12 as they like to see. And that's allowing Ford to play better in terms of just bossing the game, running lines knowing Farrell's off him, whereas before he'd be looking at space or putting in behind or what we do out the back.

"Now if there's space, Farrell's running straight at it, and it's looking a lot better. Now it's a viable inside back partnership.

"And we know how good Farrell is at 12 defensively and bossing the team, so it fits in well and is looking good at the moment."

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