Owen Farrell and Marcus Smith could fire England again, says attack coach Martin Gleeson

Having Owen Farrell along with Marcus Smith to “free” England again, insists attack coach Martin Gleeson as Eddie Jones’ men struggle to retake after a disappointing Six Nations campaign

  • The two playmakers only played together for 68 minutes
  • Owen Farrell missed most of fall and the Six Nations with an injury
  • Martin Gleeson admitted that England wanted a lot of improvement this summer

Owen Farrell was asked to “release” England’s attack by restarting his collaboration with Marcus Smith this summer.

The two playmakers only played together for 68 minutes, after Farrell missed most of the fall and the Six Nations due to an injury.

This week, they returned together for an England mini-camp in London, ahead of their Australian tour, and attack coach Martin Gleeson believes their combination will flourish.

England's Owen Farrell missed most of the fall and the Six Nations due to injury

England’s Owen Farrell missed most of the fall and the Six Nations due to injury

“Owen is the key to us, a really important figure on the team,” said Gleeson. “He was great. He directs many behaviors, attitude and desire in the team.

– The guy is hungry. He took a long break, suffered an injury in the game against Aussie, left the Six Nations. He just wants to play rugby, he loves it here.

“He’s a student of the game, he talks about things all the time. We have little groups with him, me and Marcus, talking about what we have to do.

“He got along well with Marcus in the fall. The phases might free Marcus a bit so he doesn’t have too much to think about.

Martin Gleeson praised Farrell for

Martin Gleeson praised Farrell for “driving a lot of behavior, attitude, desire”

Marcus Smith and Farrell return to England's mini-camp in London this week

Marcus Smith and Farrell return to England’s mini-camp in London this week

“Marcus plays with a smile on his face, plays what he sees, and is quite instinctive. The phases can be really controlled and methodical. The combination of the two from what I’ve seen is good.

Gleeson admitted that England wanted to see a significant improvement this summer after the disappointing Six Nations campaign.

Breakthrough comeback Henry Arundell is in line for his debut – and he is reaching a speed of 10.5 meters per second.

“He has phenomenal talent,” said Gleeson. “He’s a big boy for a winger and is great at speed.” Only Adam Radwan is a touch faster by 0.1 meters per second.

– The pace is terrifying. You can open up to counteract it, but then you leave a hole in it. I can’t wait to see how he’s doing.

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