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Owen Farrell hopeful of injury return

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After nine weeks out due to an injury Owen Farrell has returned to training and is looking to be back to full fitness for the start of the new season, as the English fly-half aims to keep moving forward.

Farrell will return from his injury after it was attained in the second test against New Zealand, where England's number one fly-half couldn't influence the game enough to encourage an England victory.

But now for the 22-year-old his main focus will be to move forward with Saracens, as this season is an important year for the London club having lost out in two finals last season.

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Speaking to the Evening Standard, Farrell understands what areas of his game he needs to improve on but it also aiming to bring more success to Saracens this time round.

"I did do a little bit of reflecting on what has happened to me in recent seasons but I try to look forward all the time and identify where I can improve as a player," Farrell said.

"We didn’t have the greatest of finishes to last season with England and at Saracens — we lost the final of the Heineken Cup and the Premiership — and all you can do is concentrate on what’s coming."

Rugby fans have to remember that the athlete from Manchester still has a lot to learn in the modern game, as the 22-year-old has handled the step up on club and international level really well and can only get better if injuries don't become consistent.

The Saracens' fly-half is certain starter for the 2015 World Cup, but the test series against New Zealand may give Stuart Lancaster the possibility of choosing a fringe fly-half against the best team in the world and set up some competition for the number 10 role.


Last season Saracens lost in two cup finals; losing to Toulon in the Heineken Cup final at the Millennium Stadium 23-6, before going on to lose the Aviva Premiership title to Northampton Saints a week later at Twickenham 24-20.

Farrell continued with his interview and stated that he will help Saracens push on to become a dominant force in England and Europe, but also making sure he stays on top of his game.

"Hopefully, the improvements we make at Sarries will never stop and we are hungry to learn and go that one more step.

"For me, it’s about catching up with the rest of the squad now that I am back running again."

New season

The London club will head into the new season with a new captain at the helm, as Alistair Hargreaves takes over from the retired Steve Borthwick and hopefully Hargreaves can step up to the plate.

But with a new captain, Mark McCall has brought in a four new players including the likes of Jim Hamilton and Juan Figallo, both from Montpellier, while letting ten players go in the opposite direction.

It is about Saracens moving forward as they have the ability in their squad to make a difference and end this long frustrating run, but they are also approaching five years without having won any silverware.

McCall's first game of the new season will be against Wasps on Saturday in the double header at Twickenham, as Sarries' fans will be hoping this won't be the last time they step onto the Twickenham turf.

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