Owen Farrell may potentially make an unexpected move to join Racing 92 from Saracens.
Racing 92 has rejected a French report claiming that Owen Farrell will depart Saracens for the Top 14 team in the summer. However, their statement was carefully phrased and did not explicitly deny discussions with the English fly-half.
Around 4:30pm on Friday, the reputable French news site Midi Olympique released shocking news claiming that the captain of Saracens would be moving to South Africa’s World Cup-winning captain, Siya Kolisi, and England teammate Henry Arundell in Paris on a two-year contract.
Unfortunately, Racing 92, who are currently leading the French league and are now being led by former England coach Stuart Lancaster, have stated that there was no agreement in place. Saracens have chosen not to provide a statement at this time.
The club Racing 92 stated on their website that there have been ongoing rumors about changes within their team. They are happy with the popularity of their club, but they have not made any deals involving English player Owen Farrell.
England’s top scorer and second-most captain recently declared that he would be taking a break from playing in Test rugby in order to prioritize his mental well-being. According to the current contract between the RFU and the Premiership, players who are based overseas are not allowed to represent England.
Farrell joined Saracens in 2008 and made his first appearance at the age of 17. Four years later, he played for England for the first time under Lancaster. Despite his impressive record and exceptional performances, he has faced criticism and was even booed by England supporters during last year’s World Cup.
“According to England coach Steve Borthwick, Owen Farrell is considered one of the greatest players and captains in English history. Borthwick also stated that any team would suffer in his absence.”
Assuming he were to depart, Farrell would be the most notable player to switch from the Premiership to the Top 14. In addition to winger Arundell, who had a public altercation with Farrell during the World Cup, center Joe Marchant, lock Dave Ribbans, and flanker Jack Willis have also recently made their homes in France.