Another Lions player admits Owen Farrell won him over on tour
Another British and Irish Lions player admitted that England pot player Owen Farrell had won him over on the South Africa tour.
Farrell, arguably England’s biggest rugby star, is revered by fans and respected by his teammates and opponents, but has become something of black beast for fans and opposition players. However, the ultra-serious opening half appears to have won a new fan base during this summer’s ill-fated tour.
Scottish flanker Hamish Watson revealed that Farrell defied his expectations, admitting on the RugbyPass download that the Saracen Impasse was a “really refreshing good boy.”
“Faz is a serious guy, but when you see the way someone like him works on the pitch, he’s so professional.
“It was the big difference on the Lions tour, everyone is so excited during practice.
“Let’s be honest, Faz looks like a very serious guy on the pitch and people from other teams might not be his number one fan, but off the pitch, getting to know him especially last week when he wasn’t involved in the Test Match, he’s a really refreshing good guy.
“We had beers and it was great.”
Watson wasn’t the only player Farrell won over. Scotland’s Stuart Hogg and Ireland’s Bundee Aki have admitted they harbor a new affection for the 29-year-old.
“I thought he was going to be intense all the time, but he’s one of them that’s intense on a training ground and he knows what he wants with it, but as soon as you’re done you work out, he’s really relaxed, ”Hogg told Sean. O’Brien and Adam Jones on the Rugby House Podcast.
“I haven’t had that vibe from him on the previous two tours. I think that’s why we bonded so well, because he’s really relaxed.
Aki has just as much to say about the Wigan-born playmaker.
“But honestly, I learned so much from this guy,” Aki said. “I didn’t think I would get along so well with him. Obviously you only know him from the other side of the field, you only know him when you play against him.
“But the standards he met when I wasn’t selected and the way he approached me as a person and as a player, he literally hangs out with us every day.
“Which is cool, because you can’t see that side of him. He’s a great guy to have around him, I’ve learned so much from him. Like I said, I enjoyed my stay here.
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