Farrell has a touch of Gregan about him - Jones

Paola Ditto
Mag 18, 2018

Owen Farrell, who will captain England on the three Test tour of South Africa, has the same "fear factor" as Australian legend George Gregan, according to head coach Eddie Jones.

Farrell has replaced Northampton skipper Hartley as captain for next month's tour to South Africa, while the 32-year-old takes an extended break from the sport to recover from concussion. Of the captains he has worked with, Jones believes Farrell is most like George Gregan, the former Australia scrum-half who led the Wallabies to the 2003 World Cup final.

"I have never seen a stronger victor than George", said Jones. He sees the same qualities in Farrell, who has lost his only match as captain - away to France during the Six Nations.

"Gregan was fantastic", Jones said. Owen will put his own stamp on the team.

Asked how he plans to alter that perception, Jones replied: "Having strong leadership definitely helps - having a leader who can unite groups".

The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. "Optus is a telecommunication company and their catchphrase was "yes", said Jones.

'You can't expect a captain to immediately be this all-conquering figure. "It takes time, it takes effort and it takes patience", Jones added.

"Owen has got the job for South Africa so he has five weeks to work through, find his own style, influence the team and we will see how he goes". "We obviously don't want him to lose some of the great work Dylan has done, but Owen can bring his own flavour". They have different cultural backgrounds, Dylan from Rotorua, Owen from Wigan. They think of things differently, they look at things differently. 'He demanded stuff from the team and they were frightened not to give it to him.

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