Six Nations 2022: England captain Owen Farrell helps Marcus Smith ‘big-time behind the scenes’

Venue: Twickenham Date:Saturday, 26 Februar Kick-off: 16:45 GMT
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Marcus Smith, England flyhalf, said Owen Farrell, an injured captain has been “helping us big time behind the scenes” during the first Six Nations.

Farrell, who is now 30, was then ruled out,Smith, who turns 23 on Monday, remains in contact with him. Smith has been England's most outstanding player.

Smith said that Smith's feedback was extremely important to him. BBC Sport

“I have learned a lot from him in the summer and autumn. He can't be there, but we have a great relationship.

“He's been looking at the games and we've been talking about how I feel in training as well as what I feel when I play games.”

Farrell's absence means more opportunities for Leicester fly half George Ford in the midfield, and he was brought on during Sunday's 33-0 win over Italy,Smith is now playing at the centre for the second and final time in his life.

Smith already had his fourth attempt in seven Tests. He also had crossed in England's 20-17 defeat in Scotland,He was named match man in Rome.

He spoke to Sara Orchard of BBC Sport, saying: “It's been fantastic to be able to pick George‚Äôs brains, and learn from him both on the field and in his detail in training.

“I really enjoyed it [playing at 12]. It was a new way to watch the game and it was great to go on the field together.

“George has been showing me some tips [about kicking a spiral bomb]Smith agreed. Smith said, “He has mastered it.

He does it five times per game, so I've been able to help him with that as well as my game management. We have been exchanging ideas and it has been great to work together.

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