Sarries speak up for Farrell

Saracens have come out fighting in an attempt to defend their former Great Britain rugby league captain Andy Farrell during his difficult and controversial cross-code switch. [more]

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Saracens have come out fighting in an attempt to defend their former Great Britain rugby league captain Andy Farrell during his difficult and controversial cross-code switch.

The Guinness Premiership club are confused about England head coach Andy Robinson’s "apparent turnaround" in identifying the best position for Farrell as a union player.

England have made no secret of their desire to see the 31-year-old operating as an inside centre, yet Farrell’s fledgling union career – which comprises just 85 minutes of first-team action – has so far seen him operate at blindside flanker.

Robinson and Saracens rugby director Alan Gaffney planned further discussions on Farrell’s testing transition on Thursday.

But Saracens chief executive Mark Sinderberry has given a detailed reaction to what the club describe as "ill-informed opinion" about Farrell during the past few days.

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A 20-minute Robinson press conference at Loughborough University on Tuesday covered the thorny Farrell issue and nothing else – underlining how it continues to overshadow England’s preparations for Tests against New Zealand, Argentina and South Africa (twice) next month.

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