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According to George, Saracens could suffer a significant setback if Farrell decides to sign with Racing 92.
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According to George, Saracens could suffer a significant setback if Farrell decides to sign with Racing 92.

According to Jamie George, Owen Farrell has earned the privilege to depart Saracens on his own conditions due to his contributions to English rugby.

Farrell has engaged in discussions with Racing 92 regarding a potential transfer to the top-ranked team in the Top 14 league at the conclusion of the season. This unexpected development has occurred after his choice to withdraw from the Six Nations tournament in order to prioritize his mental health.

If they leave for Paris, the top scorer for the country, key player, and experienced member with 112 appearances would no longer be able to be chosen by Steve Borthwick.

George is a top contender for the position of England captain, should the current 32-year-old step down. While he would prefer his teammate to remain with Saracens, he assures that any potential move would have the approval of the Premiership champions.

“The news was equally surprising to us and to everyone else. At the moment, it is all just speculation,” George stated in his role as an ambassador for Funding Circle, a financial services company.

It is clear that losing him would be a significant loss for the entire team at Saracens due to his skill and personality. However, it cannot be guaranteed that he will leave. He has contributed greatly to the club, the sport, and English rugby overall.

“He has the right to choose for himself, and whatever he chooses, he will have the complete backing of the entire club.”

If Borthwick does not choose a surprising option, either George, George Ford, or Ellis Genge will be the captain for England’s Six Nations first game against Italy on February 3rd.

George, the top pick for the hooker position in the nation, is expected to receive a “hybrid contract” from the Rugby Football Union. He has previously served as captain for Saracens and the Lions. George expressed his gratitude for being considered for the role, and is expected to return from a neck injury in time for Sunday’s game against Bordeaux. He acknowledged that his teammate Owen has always been the natural choice for captaincy, but he is open to taking on the role and would find it fulfilling.

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Unfortunately, Ireland has received bad news as wing Mack Hansen will not be able to participate in the Six Nations due to a significant injury. Hansen will have surgery on Monday after dislocating his shoulder during Connacht’s match against Munster in the United Rugby Championship.

Connacht stated that Mack Hansen will be having surgery today for a dislocated shoulder and will not be able to play for three-four months.

Ireland, the current champions of the Six Nations, will begin their journey against France in Marseille on February 2nd. Hansen, who is 25 years old, has quickly become a crucial player for Andy Farrell, the head coach of Ireland. He has scored nine tries in 21 Tests since his debut in February 2022. Due to his absence, he will not be able to play in Connacht’s last two pool matches against Lyon and Bristol in the Investec Champions Cup.

Source: theguardian.com