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It took Owen Farrell precious little time to impress with his game management and goal-kicking prowess after becoming the youngest player to make his professional debut aged 17 years and 11 days.

He had made a powerful impression for England U16, a side he captained, and for the U17 and U18 teams.

When returning from an England U17 tour of Argentina, he trained with his father and fellow Saracen Andy, a rugby league icon who won eight caps at union for England, including three in the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

When Farrell Snr fractured and dislocated a thumb against Western Force in August that year, Owen joined the match as his replacement.

A product of St George’s School in Harpenden, Owen studied Business at Hertfordshire University and also spent time on loan with Bedford Blues.

He began playing rugby league at the age of eight for Wigan St Patricks, like his father.

Rugby’s distinctly in the family with loose forward Sean O’Loughlin, his uncle, playing for Wigan Warriors, England and Great Britain.

Owen had added to his two appearances for the 2011 Grand Slam winning England U20 side with another four in the IRB Junior World Championship in Italy.

Domestically, he landed five penalty goals and converted the only try of the Premiership final by James Short when Saracens won the title for the first time, beating Leicester Tigers 22-18, at Twickenham in May 2011.

Three days after being nominated for the 2012 IRB Player of the Year, he played a vital role in England’s record win over New Zealand and scored 17 points, including his first drop goal in Tests.

His maiden try followed in the 20-13 win over Australia at Twickenham in November 2013.

He also helped Saracens lift the Premiership title for the second successive year with 13 points in the 28-20 win over Exeter Chiefs in the Twickenham final.

A knee ligament injury sustained in a match against Clermont Auvergne in January 2015 ruled him out of the Six Nations only ten days before the initial game against Wales in Cardiff.

He regained fitness and became man of the match when contributing 18 points to Saracens’ 28-16 victory over Bath Rugby in the 2015 Premiership final. Selection for the Rugby World Cup training squad followed and he returned to the England team against France at Twickenham that August.

During his initial 52 Tests for England, he put over 223 place kicks out of 280, including 16 out of 18 in the 2015 Rugby World Cup and all his seven attempts in the 25-21 victory over Wales at Twickenham the following March.

Seven days later, Owen became his country’s second highest points-scorer behind Jonny Wilkinson, with 16 against France taking him past Paul Grayson’s total of 400.

Owen became one of three England vice-captains for the Scotland match at the start of the Six Nations and swept over for his third Test try – and his second against Italy – in Rome eight days later.

He finished the Championship as both the tournament’s top scorer with 69 points and England’s acting captain after an injury to Dylan Hartley.

In November 2016, Owen’s 11-point haul in a 58-15 defeat of Fiji saw him become the second England player after Jonny Wilkinson to reach 500 Test points.

Under Eddie Jones’ tutelage, Owen has featured more prominently at centre than No 10, contributing 39 points to the 2018 Six Nations effort.

In 2015-16, he was the top points-scorer in the European Champions Cup with 127 and became the European Professional Club Rugby European Player of the Year and the first recipient of the Anthony Foley Memorial Trophy.

He was given the accolade after Saracens retained the European Champions Cup by beating Clermont Auvergne in the final at Murrayfield.

Owen won selection for the 2013 British & Irish Lions tour of Australia and he made his debut for them off the bench in the 41-16 win over the Wallabies that clinched the series in Sydney.

He made an indelible impression for the Lions against the All Blacks in 2017 with 14 points in the second Test at Wellington.

His five successful place kicks, including the penalty with two minutes remaining, brought a 24-21 victory.

The following week, he put over another four place-kicks in the 15-15 draw, including the tantalising penalty with two minutes remaining that squared the series at Eden Park. Owen scored 31 points overall in the three matches.

International Record

655 points – 7T, 94C, 142PG, 2DG

2012 S, It, W, F, I, SA (1,2R,3R) Fj(R), A(R), SA(R), NZ 2013 S, I, F, W, A, Arg, NZ 2014 F, S, I, W, It, NZ(2), NZ, SA, Sam, A(R) 2015 F, I(R) World Cup – Fj(R), W, A, U 2016 S, It, I, W, F, A(1,2,3), SA, Fj, Arg, A 2017 F, W, It, S, I, A 2018 It, W, S, F, I

Lions:

31 points - 2C, 9PG 

2013 A (3R) 2017 NZ(1,2,3)

Last updated: 16 April 2018

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