This video of Owen Farrell practising tackling in training is worrying England fans
You become what you practice, and it seems Owen Farrell is practicing chest-high, red card tackling in training.
Despite being 29, proper tackling technique has managed to elude Farrell his entire adult life. This was once against demonstrated with Farrell practicing chest-high, ball-and-all tackling in training.
This technique would have been fine three years, but how likely is this to lead to a yellow or red card in live play? Highly, we’d say, even if Farrell is wearing the invisibility cloak he stole from the All Blacks during the semi-final of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Even All Black cloaking technology has its limits Owen.
What you also notice is that despite hit a tackle bag, a clearly fearful Farrell crosses himself before doing it. Is he that afraid of a tackle bag? Even wee Georgie Ford – who stopped growing at 13 – isn’t afraid of a tackle bag.
You can expect Farrell to be sent off on the weekend. You heard it here first.
— RugbyPass (@RugbyPass) March 11, 2021
Fans are worried:
Is there any wonder he has so many high tackles. Won’t get away with his previous indiscretions and narrative, “awkward” , “mis timed” or “ it wasn’t intentional sir” won’t wash this season.
— Tim Gleeson (@gleesontim) March 11, 2021
I can't believe they actually released this. Shocking tackle technique; high risk of going head to head there.
— Will Richards (@WillR1807) March 11, 2021
Is this a joke response to that South Africa video? Why is he practicing head shots!?!
— CB2020 (@CB69327590) March 11, 2021
He needs to drop his tackle height by about a foot. Have the coaches not seen the amount of reds that have been handed out recently?
— TZCollective (@CollectiveTz) March 11, 2021
The team to face France:
England XV Starters
15. Max Malins (Bristol Bears, 6 caps)
14. Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 49 caps)
13. Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 37 caps)
12. Owen Farrell (Saracens, 91 caps) (C)
11. Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 64 caps)
10. George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 75 caps)
9. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 107 caps)
1. Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 65 caps)
2. Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 29 caps)
3. Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 42 caps)
4. Maro Itoje (Saracens, 46 caps)
5. Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 19 caps)
6. Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons, 21 caps)
7. Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 31 caps)
8. Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 59 caps)
16. Jamie George (Saracens, 57 caps)
17. Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 26 caps)
18. Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 10 caps)
19. Jonny Hill (Exeter Chiefs, 7 caps)
20. Ben Earl (Bristol Bears, 11 caps)
21. Dan Robson (Wasps, 10 caps)
22. Ollie Lawrence (Worcester Warriors, 4 caps)
23. Elliot Daly (Saracens, 50 caps)