Marcus Smith and Owen Farrell to lead England’s attacking play on summer tour of Australia, live on Sky Sports | Rugby Union News


Marcus Smith first participated in an England training camp when he was 18 years old in August 2017.

The fly half had yet to play a senior representative game for Harlequins at the time, and head coach Eddie Jones took pains to remind everyone that Smith was a “trainee” who was there to “shine boots” rather than wear them on an England Party.

“He has a lot to work on in his game and what we want to do is educate him so that in any period of time, two weeks, five months or two years, he is ready to play Test Rugby for England,” Jones said in September 2017.

Indeed, it would be nearly four years before Smith made his England debut, scoring 13 points against the United States at Twickenham on July 4, 2021, while Owen Farrell and the other England front-row players were in South Africa on duty. of the British and Irish Lions.

From then on, things happened fast for Smith; Six days later he started in the Test against Canada and, after being replaced in the second half, was told by England staff members in the tunnel that he had been called up to join the Lions as injury cover.

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A few months later, Smith was named on the bench for England’s first Autumn Nations Series Test against Tonga, in which he once again impressed with 15 points from one try and five conversions.

Against Australia a week later, he started as a flyhalf with Farrell at inside center, and the pair combined for 22 points off the kicking tee in a 32-15 win. However, that game remains the only test match in which Smith and Farrell have played together, with Farrell missing the win against world champions South Africa seven days later, as well as all five of this year’s Six Nations matches due to to an injury.

But the 10-12 axis of Smith and Farrell will return when England take the field in Perth for the first test of their summer tour of Australia, live on Sky Sports.

Eddie Jones plans to partner Marcus Smith with Owen Farrell against Australia

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Eddie Jones plans to partner Marcus Smith with Owen Farrell against Australia

Eddie Jones plans to partner Marcus Smith with Owen Farrell against Australia

“He hasn’t played for England in a long time,” Jones said of Farrell in Sky sports news. “He’s in great shape for his club, he’s good physically so we want him to really come into his own in test rugby.”

There was a time when there was a debate as to whether Farrell was better used as a fly-half or as a center outside of George Ford. With Smith now on the scene, it seems the debate is over, and with both England playmakers fit and running, all three Tests are likely to see Farrell and Smith calling the shots against the Wallabies.

“We think Marcus at 10 and Owen at 12 would give us our best attacking options, particularly with Owen’s ability to play through the line and strong kicking game,” Jones continued.

“With Marcus’s off-the-ball skills, we think it will be a good combination.”

Eddie Jones and England are preparing for their three-Test tour against Australia which begins in Perth on Saturday, live on Sky Sports.

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Eddie Jones and England are preparing for their three-Test tour against Australia which begins in Perth on Saturday, live on Sky Sports.

Eddie Jones and England are preparing for their three-Test tour against Australia which begins in Perth on Saturday, live on Sky Sports.

Farrell and Smith met in a Premiership semi-final earlier this month, with Farrell’s Saracens team winning against Harlequins, but Smith has put that behind him and hopes to have the 30-year-old alongside him this summer.

“Owen is a brilliant player. I loved playing him in the fall,” Smith said.

“He’s a great competitor and he has his heart on his sleeve. More than that, he has brilliant vision and skills down the line.”

“We trained together a couple of weeks ago and I really enjoyed it. I loved learning from him and sharing ideas with him.”

“We complement each other very well, we both see the game quite similarly. I hope we can both come together and bring out the best in each other.”

Relive England's historic 3-0 victory on their last trip to Australia six years ago.

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Relive England’s historic 3-0 victory on their last trip to Australia six years ago.

Relive England’s historic 3-0 victory on their last trip to Australia six years ago.

England last toured Australia in 2016, where they recorded a 3-0 shutout series. In fact, Jones has won all eight of his games against the Wallabies since he became England head coach at the end of 2015, and Smith is aware of the responsibility that comes with being an England player.

“The rivalry between England and Australia is obviously huge, not only in rugby but also in cricket and all other sports,” he said. “My dad instilled in me as a child that there is a lot of rivalry and confrontation in those games.

“It’s been instilled in me and my two younger brothers for a long time. Mom has had to come to terms with it too! It’s one of those rivalries you want to be a part of.”

After a disappointing Six Nations campaign in which England finished third after winning just two games, Jones and his charges are looking for the kind of statement series that will give them a valuable boost with just over a year to go until the Cup. World of 2023.

Marcus Smith will learn a lot from veteran Owen Farrell in the England setup

Marcus Smith will learn a lot from veteran Owen Farrell in the England setup

And with Farrell back in the fold and closing in on 100 Test caps, he’s the perfect person to guide Smith as the duo look to top consecutive shutout series.

“Hopefully I can be there to get the best of him and allow him to show his skills in the park. Hopefully I can also allow myself to show the best of myself,” Smith said.

“If we can do that together and continue to build our relationship off the field, I think it will lead to good results and days on the field.

“Hopefully we can pool our competitive edge to try and get a win in the Test series. We both want to do that. We’ve talked a lot about it.”

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