Owen Farrell

England captain Owen Farrell will miss the 2024 Six Nations in order to prioritise his ‘mental well-being’. Photo by Ben Stansall / AFP

England teammate makes huge claim about Owen Farrell

England prop Joe Marler sees the Owen Farrell saga a little differently to the common threads being put out there.

Owen Farrell

England captain Owen Farrell will miss the 2024 Six Nations in order to prioritise his ‘mental well-being’. Photo by Ben Stansall / AFP

England prop Joe Marler feels that Owen Farrell isn’t appreciated enough for the player and character he is within the national team setup.

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Huge claim made about Owen Farrell

Marler believes that Farrell has had enough of putting so much into something and getting very little in return.

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“It’s a big call for Faz,” Marler told talkSPORT.

“I suspect he’s probably just shattered; he’s been going since he was 20. And he’s got his own reasons for it, and we can only speculate on some of the stuff he’s put out about it.

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“The fact he’s the quarter-back, the general of the team naturally as well as the captain, yeah, there’s a lot of pressure on him.”

Owen Farrell absence will hurt England

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Marler believes that England will be worse off for not having Owen Farrell in the group for the Six Nations.

“I guess it’s not helped when he puts so much into it and he gets very little back, in terms of appreciation, or public appreciation. I think he’s underappreciated,” he said.

“For Faz, I’m gutted for him, I’m gutted for the England team as well, because he’s a world-class player.”

Not a charmer

Marler believes that Farrell gets a bad wrap because he hasn’t been able to charm the media.

“People recognise he’s a fantastic rugby player, but just because he doesn’t sit in press conferences and he doesn’t warm to the media, or that sort of public appearance, people then think he’s quite cold,” he said.

“I think of it a bit like Andy Murray, years back, where he used to get a lot of flak.

“He wouldn’t warm to the media, then he got a little bit older, little bit wiser, and he started giving away a little bit more, his dry sense of humour, he was a little bit more confident in himself. And then people sort of came round to that.

“He’s taken a lot of flak. There’s one thing knocking someone’s performance or playing ability. There’s another thing to start questioning people’s character. And then there’s the abuse he got during the World Cup.”

Social media nightmares

As for the abuse players and officials cop on social media, Marler feels that the problem isn’t confined to rugby with wider society impacted as much if not more.

“I actually don’t think it’s a rugby problem, it’s a societal problem, in terms of social media and the ability for anyone to say anything, without any responsibility for what they do say,” he added.

“I’m not sitting here as a victim or anything. We put ourselves out in the public eye and we accept you have to take the rough with the smooth.

“But at the same time is there any danger of just curbing it a little bit, or at least having something in place to stop people putting stuff out straight away, without thinking, to stop and think.”