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Today’s rugby news as Andy Farrell opens Lions door to son and ‘worried’ legend issues warning to England

These are your rugby morning headlines for Friday, January 12.

Farrell: Ineligible Test players can be selected for Lions

Andy Farrell says there is no rule preventing ineligible Test players from switching to the British and Irish Lions – opening the door for son Owen to tour Australia in 2025.

Farrell senior was yesterday announced as the Lions’ new head coach, with a trip Down Under on the agenda next year. Son Owen is currently taking a break from international rugby to prioritize his and his family’s mental health. He is also being linked with a move to Top 14 team Racing 92 – a deal that would end his career with the England team. Get the latest rugby news sent straight to your inbox for free with our daily newsletter.

Regulations in England and Ireland state that only players who play within their country can represent their national team; In Wales, the 25 limit rule applies.

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“We will look at everyone in terms of whether they will make a difference on the Lions tour,” said Farrell when asked about the selection of the French-based players. That is the problem”.

“That’s their prerogative. It’s a short career. You want to do the things that keep your boat afloat and make your family happy. It’s all about the memories you create, not just for yourself but also for others. For some people, the thought of giving their all to a club is something extra, something extra special.

“Owen had that at Saracens but if things change – and I don’t know if they will – it will be for the right reasons or to do the right thing for whatever that person is feel the need to do to be happy. .

“It’s about form, about watching the game properly. The selection, as far as it is concerned, is exactly the same as the others. Undifferentiated.”

Burger let the cat out of the bag?

Speaking of Farrell’s much-reported move to the French capital, Jacques Burger may have let slip following his social media posts on Thursday afternoon.

The Namibian star, who played with Farrell at Saracens, appeared to bid the flyer an affectionate farewell with a message of gratitude about X, before stepping back a bit.

He first posted: “I’ve played with Owen for a long time and I can tell you it’s always been a privilege. HEART, brilliant leader on the field and a great rugby mind great. Thank you for all your contributions to @saracens over the years mate. @owen_faz #WOLFPACK.”

In a follow-up tweet, he simply posted a grinning emoji, before hastily apologizing and saying in a third message: “I thought it was confirmed. Sorry. Anyways.” it would be a huge career move if he did. A fresh start and quality time with his family. #makingmemories”

Carling issued a warning to English rugby

Former England captain Will Carling has issued a warning to English rugby, saying it is “no longer the pinnacle” in the context of stars leaving the domestic tournament.

With the likes of Farrell likely to join other England stars in France, they are therefore having to put their Test careers on hold and Carling believes the appeal of playing for England is not It’s also a strong enough suction force.

“Playing for your country still needs to be top notch,” Carling said. BBC. “It needs to be something the players love. Let’s be honest – that’s clearly not happening at the moment.

“The appeal of playing for England for me is unbelievable, so you have to ask some very serious questions and I think people in the right positions need to ask ‘why do people leave playing for their country?’

“There’s a guy [Farrell] who has given an incredible service to England – and to Saracens – and if that is his choice then you respect it immensely.

“It’s the young players that worry me. Owen has had a great career so if that’s the way he wants to finish his career then I think we all respect that. Someone else will come out go – people who have careers ahead of them – that makes me nervous.” I.”

Woodward leaves ITV

The former England manager has confirmed that Sir Clive Woodward will not take part in ITV’s Six Nations coverage this spring.

Woodward has been a mainstay in the broadcaster’s coverage for the past 10 years and will not back down, wanting to “get on top” after the Rugby World Cup.

He told The Times: “It was a great time but now I want to focus on other things. ITV is very disappointed but after the Rugby World Cup I want to go on a high note. I will still be at Twickenham – but this time as a spectator and fan.”

He added: “I want to thank the ITV Sport team and my panelists and co-commentators for so many great matches and happy memories, and wish everyone the best for an exciting Six Nations campaign.”

Woodward Gas has worked for the broadcaster since the 2015 Rugby World Cup.


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