Farrell is a fly-half. That is where he has started 31 of his 35 Tests for England. He is a No 10 down to his shooting boots, but Eddie Jones, the new national coach, wants him to fill in at inside centre in the opening games of this year’s Six Nations — with George Ford in the primary playmaker role.

It may not be his preference, but the 24-year-old will just get on with it, on the basis that the coaches will allow him to play his own game.


‘I don’t think someone would pick me at 12 to suddenly knock the ball up with every carry I do,’ he said. ‘If someone wanted me to play at 12 it would be for a reason — because I have the skill-set to play the way they want me to there. That’s pretty much it.’

No fuss, no drama. Farrell will just carry on where he left off in midfield, during the final game of the host nation’s sadly abbreviated World Cup campaign.

That was a hollow 60-3 win over Uruguay in Manchester. Since then, Farrell has been back at Saracens, pulling the strings with real authority as the Aviva Premiership champions have seen off all-comers, until last weekend’s defeat at Harlequins.

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