Farrell soon to be Kolisi’s teammate

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After 16 years and more than 200 games for Saracens, Owen Farrell will soon be packing his bags for Racing 92 in France.

The news is not a big surprise. French media have been reporting for some time about the 32-year-old flyhalf’s future plans and this just once again underlines the fact that where there is a smoke, there is ten to one a fire burning.

“The England player has signed a two-year contract and he will join the team on July 1, 2024,” Racing 92 wrote in an official statement.

Farrell will rub shoulders with Rose teammate Henry Arundell and Springbok captain Siya Kolisi in Paris.

The England captain indicated in November that he was going to take an international rugby break to prioritize his own and his family’s mental health.

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that Jamie George will fill his leadership shoes on the field.

However, Steve Borthwick, the England head coach, welcomed Farrell’s move to Racing.

“Will we miss a player of Owen’s caliber when he chooses to play his rugby outside of England? Yes, of course,” said Borthwick.

“I would also love to have him back in the Rose set-up. But at the same time, I want him to do what’s best for him and his family.”

Racing is also excited about Farrell’s future in Paris.

“I don’t think one needs to expand much on the value that a player with 112 international tests and three Champions Cup titles to his name can add to your team. He will undoubtedly contribute a lot to our young players’ development,” said Laurent Travers, president of the French rugby club.