Top 14 membership Racing 92 have denied reaching an settlement with Owen Farrell after reviews in France acknowledged the fly half was in “advanced negotiations” over a shock transfer to France.
Farrell might be absent from England’s upcoming Six Nations marketing campaign after taking a break from worldwide rugby to prioritise his psychological wellbeing.
And each L’Equipe and Midi Olympique, two main French sporting newspapers, recommend that Farrell may very well be near an settlement to maneuver to Paris forward of subsequent season.
“The contract has not yet been signed but a positive outcome is hoped for in the coming days on the basis of a three-season contract,” L’Equipe, primarily based within the French capital, reviews.
However, on Friday night, Racing 92 denied any settlement had been reached in a brief assertion: “Racing 92 is regularly under the aegis of numerous speculations concerning movements within its workforce. We are delighted with the appeal of our club Racing 92. However, we deny any agreement concerning the English player Owen Farrell.”
The fly half, who grew to become his nation’s main factors scorer in the course of the Rugby World Cup, is considered out of contract with Saracens on the finish of the season however had been anticipated to re-sign with the Premiership champions having spent the whole lot of his profession with the membership.
Racing 92 at the moment are coached by Stuart Lancaster, who gave Farrell his England debut in 2012 after growing the playmaker by way of the pathways construction.
Farrell loved a superb working relationship together with his first England coach, whereas father Andy — now accountable for Ireland and set to be confirmed as coach of the British and Irish Lions for the 2025 tour of Australia subsequent week — was a part of Lancaster’s workers.
Racing 92 have been looking for a substitute at fly half for Finn Russell, who joined Bath in the summertime, and held talks with Marcus Smith final season.
English teenager Henry Arundell just lately signed a two-year contract extension on the capital membership after arriving within the Top 14 within the wake of the demise of London Irish.
Were Farrell to affix Racing 92, he would turn out to be unavailable for worldwide choice, with solely gamers primarily based in England presently in a position to be chosen by Steve Borthwick.
The England head coach expressed his hope this week that Farrell would play for England once more regardless of the 32-year-old’s choice to step away from worldwide obligation.
“I believe Owen knows he has all of our support and anything we can do, anything he needs at any point in time,” Borthwick mentioned. “We’re all hopeful he’ll return to the England team at some point soon. But that’s going to be a decision Owen makes.
“This is one of England’s greatest ever players, greatest ever captains. I am hopeful he will return and play for England again. But I also made it really clear there is no pressure on him, that it is his decision, at the time that’s right for him.”