Farrell dropped by England

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Published: Thursday 27th November 2014 by The News Editor

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England have dropped Owen Farrell for Saturday’s QBE International against Australia at Twickenham with Billy Twelvetrees selected in his place at inside centre.

Farrell has been overlooked for the starting XV for the first time since June 2012 after under-performing against New Zealand, South Africa and Samoa and is demoted to the bench.

The experiment of playing the 23-year-old at 12 has been abandoned after only one match with Twelvetrees chosen to line up outside fly-half George Ford after impressing as a second-half replacement in the 28-9 victory over Samoa.

Ford produced an accomplished full debut against the Pacific islanders and it is hoped the presence of a more genuine inside centre than Farrell will help ignite the attacking game that has spluttered throughout the autumn.

“It’s good to be able to give Billy his first start of the series,” head coach Stuart Lancaster said.

“He took on board the feedback we gave him when he first came into camp and he has worked hard both with us and at Gloucester. He deserves his chance.

“Owen is a key part of our squad and I’m sure he’ll make a positive contribution should he get the chance.”

Published: Thursday 27th November 2014 by The News Editor

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