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Matt Dawson believes Owen Farrell will be the key to victory against the Wallabies

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Owen Farrell has drawn praise from former England scrum-half Matt Dawson for his leadership qualities and performances this November for his country.

Farrell was promoted from vice-captain to work alongside Dylan Hartley and has thrived in his new leadership role.

The 27-year-old started England’s win over South Africa and defeat to New Zealand, scoring 14 points in both games, before coming off the bench to help his side come from behind to beat a surprisingly impressive Japanese team last Saturday.

Farrell’s pin-point accuracy off the tee, defensive strength, and tactical prowess are just a few attributes the Saracens fly-half continues to demonstrate on the international stage.

Dawson has praised Farrell’s maturation both on and off the pitch and expects the Lancashire-born superstar to continue to thrive in Eddie Jones’ system ahead of the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

“Owen has grown up a lot over the last two or three years. It looks to me like he’s worked on this a lot because he is a very different style of player,” said Dawson via his blog on

“He’s been at 10 bossing the game this November and he’s now playing less like an inside centre; he still knows how to take the ball to the line and he knows how to ruck and compete for the ball, but he’s picking and choosing those times to do it. Most of the time he’s finding himself running the show and enjoying running the show.

“Farrell’s emotional control will mirror what England need to have against Australia.

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"With Owen on the pitch, the more he has the ball in his hands, the more he’s in that 10 position, the better the team will play.”

England meet Australia this Saturday at Twickenham with the home side coming in with an impressive record against the Wallabies.

England have won nine out of the last 11 meetings between the arch-rivals, including all five since Australia knocked them out of their own World Cup three years ago.

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