Eddie Jones has no intention of dropping Owen Farrell on the strength of England’s defeat by Scotland but insists his captain is not immune from demotion. Operating behind an outmuscled pack, the Saracens fly-half turned down overlaps in favour of kicking the ball and was powerless to inspire the champions as they floundered in a one-sided start to the Six Nations.
“Every player’s up for selection,” Jones said. “It’s all dependent on form – you look at historical form, present form and you have to make the right decisions for the team and Owen’s no different to any other player.”
“Owen was disappointed with his performance against Scotland, like a number of players and like I was in my own performance and we’re all working to improve,” he added. “Owen’s been a highly-consistent, highly-successful player for us. Like a number of players on Saturday, he wasn’t at his best. I know there’s a bandwagon.”
“He’s an outstanding player and, like any outstanding player, they can have a game where they’re not at their best. Is that a reason to drop the player? I wouldn’t think so.” Jones continued. “We are always trying to make the right assessment. We had to go through a difficult stage with (former captain) Dylan Hartley when his form was tailing off.”