Daly hails Farrell class

23 February 2021 03:23:25 GMTPlus10

Elliot Daly insists England must stick by Owen Farrell, claiming the under-fire Saracens star is one of the "best players in the world".

Daly said the honour of playing alongside Farrell was one of the reasons he swapped Wasps for Sarries in 2019. And the Red Rose full-back has no doubts that coach Eddie Jones should stick by Farrell in Saturday's crunch Six Nations showdown with Wales in Cardiff.

When he's on his performances speak for themselves.

Elliot Daly

Defending champions England have yet to hit top form in this season's competition and the 29-year-old was criticised for his performance at outside-half in their shock opening 11-6 defeat to Scotland at Twickenham.

Jones switched his captain back to inside centre against Italy and England won well, running in six tries in a 41-18, although Farrell missed two of seven kicks at goal against the Italians.

But Daly, who is hoping to win his 50th England cap against Wales, remains convinced that his club and international team-mate will soon return to his top form.

"Owen is always the most competitive guy on the pitch, whether that's training, gym, even if we're doing some silly games off the pitch, he sets the example for all of us," Daly told reporters ahead of the Wales game.

"His knowledge of rugby is amazing, what he's been through as an England and Saracens player winning European Cups and Premierships. He's one of the best players in the world and when he's on his performances speak for themselves."

England are 4/9 to win in Cardiff, while Wales are available at 7/4.

The Red Rose are 100/1 to win the Six Nations, with the Welsh 8/15.

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