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England fly-half Owen Farrell has revealed that he would love to be coached by legendary ex-Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Saracens fly-half was in no hesitation when picking the 72-year-old Scotsman, claiming that it was ‘because of the success he had’ whilst in charge of the Red Devils.

“If I was coached by anyone from another sport, not particularly for rugby reasons but because of the success he had would be Alex Ferguson," he told QBE rugby when posed the question.

“It would be good to see what he was like as a manager and to see why that Manchester United team was so successful."

Farrell, the England number 10, is a keen football fan, and spent time with the Old Trafford outfit as a junior.

He trained with the Manchester United youth team as a goalkeeper, but never made the grade with the former Premier League champions and the rest, as they say, is history.

Kvesic v Bolt

Gloucester flanker Matt Kvesic has revealed that his ideal coach would be sprinter Usain Bolt, boasting that ‘I’d probably give him a run for his money’.

The 22-year old former England U18 captain admitted to wanting a coaching session with the 100 metres Olympic and World Champion, with speed becoming more and more important for forwards as well as backs.

“He’s obviously not a coach but I wouldn’t mind a sprint session with Usain Bolt, I’d probably give him a run for his money," he also told QBE rugby.

“I just think he’s an awesome bloke, and I reckon I could learn something from him.”

Redknapp's man management

England Saxons player Tom Johnson also had his say, going back to football when stating that his ideal coach would be Harry Redknapp.

“He’s a bit of a legend," Johnson explained.

The 31-year-old Exeter Chiefs flanker, who started all three tests against South Africa in 2012, seemed to be a big admirer of the current Queen's Park Rangers manager.

“The coach would be Harry Redknapp, because he’s a bit of a legend and also his man management is apparently second to none,” he said.

Venables & Taylor

Ed Slater carried on the football trend, with the Leicester Tigers forward going with former Barcelona and England manager Terry Venables.

Slater, 25, has rose to new levels over the past few years after starting as injury cover for the Tigers, then gaining a call up for the Saxons in 2012. With his inclusion in this year's RBS Six Nations Championship squad, he is definitely a player on the up.

“I reckon Terry Venables was a good laugh, I just remember Euro 1996, he’s a good man.”

Finally, Ben Morgan decided to go for a different approach, opting for darts legend Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor, explaining that he would like a bit of ‘tutoring’.

“I quite like my pub sports and I wouldn’t mind a bit of tutoring from Phil Taylor,” he concluded.

The Gloucester number eight now has two international tries under his belt after committing himself to England early in 2012.

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