Owen Farrell working on tackle technique while serving ban, says Eddie Jones

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Saracens’ Owen Farrell looks dejected after being sent off during the Premiership Rugby match against Wasps at Allianz Park on 5 September 2020.
Saracens’ Owen Farrell looks dejected after being sent off during the Premiership Rugby match against Wasps at Allianz Park on 5 September 2020.
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England coach Eddie Jones has confirmed that his flyhalf and captain Owen Farrell is using his ongoing ban from the game to work on his tackling technique. 

Farrell is currently serving a five-match suspension for a red card he picked up for a dangerous tackle on Wasps' Charlie Atkinson while playing for Saracens in the English Premiership. 

The 29-year-old has a history of controversial tackles and South African fans will remember his hit on Andre Esterhuizen in the final moments of 2018's Twickenham Test that went unpunished and ultimately cost the Springboks a chance to win the game. 

With England set to take on the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday, Jones was asked about Farrell's situation during a press conference this week. 

"Owen and I have ongoing conversations," Jones said.

"There’s not a day where we don’t talk, or text each other. And now he’s in camp, it’s face to face. He’s aware of his responsibilities as England captain – he made a mistake in a game; we’ve moved on from that and now his job’s to be the best England captain he can be and that’s what he’s striving to do.

"He’s always working on his tackle technique.

"I went to the gym this morning and I was walking through before we were going to catch up, he was doing some extra work with John Clarke. That’s a constant work-on for not only Owen, but a lot of our players.

"The laws of the high tackle have become increasingly tighter, which is for the welfare of the players and all of our players are conscious of their responsibility."

- Compiled by Sport24 staff

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