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Owen Farrell is one of England's keys leading up to the World Cup.

Owen Farrell's 'shoulder tackles' get humorous Twitter treatment

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Twitter gets a fair degree of criticism for the way it fuels unsavoury debates and trolling of celebrities, but it can also produce the odd piece of creative genius.

A case in point is the the freelance animator and filmmaker Graham Lowe who has come up with a very witty video tribute to England fly-half Owen Farrell dubbed 'Shoulder Boy'

It is a takeoff of US hip-hop artist Soulja Boy's 2007 UK No. 2 hit Crank That (Soulja Boy).

To put it into context for those who are unaware, the 'tackling' tactics of Farrell have come under close gaze in the Autumn Internationals against South Africa and Australia.

The basic rule in rugby is that you have to display a willingness to wrap your arms around your opponent for it to be allowed as a tackle.

Leading with your shoulder to stop an opponent in their tracks is frowned upon and should be awarded with a penalty to the opposition.

The tactic of Farrell was highlighted in the thrilling victory against South Africa, and then in the past weekend, with Australian second-rower Izack Rodda set to put the visitors in front before half-time, Farrell was there to knock him off his feet.

Naturally, the Australian coaching group was up in arms, and leading commentators like Stuart Barnes and Sir Clive Woodward admitted that it should have been a penalty try to the visitors.

You can watch the epic video below.

Not surprisingly, England coach Eddie Jones did not want to have any part of the discussion and said the officials had made their decisions and everyone should move on.

However, there is no doubt whatsoever that England's opponents will raise the issue at any possible opportunity, moreso as 2019 is a World Cup year.

Big games quite often come down to who is the most disciplined outfit, and a late penalty for an action like this will be England's biggest fear coming into the centrepiece of the sport in Japan next year.

A rethink into Farrell's technique could be a wise move indeed.

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Rugby Union
Owen Farrell

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