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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Farrell unfazed by English bow

OWEN FARRELL has vowed not be fazed by the prospect of making his England debut in the inhospitable cauldron of Murrayfield.

Only 16 months ago, the Saracens centre was out on loan at Bedford but tomorrow night he will take his place in a new-look England team vying to retain the Calcutta Cup.

Farrell proved he has a big-match temperament when last season he guided Saracens to their first Premiership title with a win over Leicester in the sold-out Twickenham final.

The 20-year-old believes that experience is the perfect preparation for tomorrow's opening Six Nations clash in Edinburgh.

"The team gets picked on form and nothing else. I am looking forward to getting stuck in," Farrell said. "The build-up is different but (the mindset) doesn't change for me whether the crowd is 82,000 or 6,000. Once you get out there, you have a job to do."

Farrell is one of three debutants in England's starting side, with Saracens centre partner Brad Barritt and Northampton number eight Phil Dowson also preparing for their Test bows.

The last time England fielded two debutant centres was in 2002, when Geoff Appleford and Ben Johnston played in a 26-18 win against Argentina in Buenos Aires.

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