It took Owen Farrell little time to impress with his game management and goal-kicking prowess after becoming the then-youngest player to appear in English professional rugby union aged 17 years and 11 days when turning out for Saracens in October 2008.
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 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 aged eight for Wigan St Patricks, like his father. Rugby is distinctly in the family with 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 penalties and converted the only try of the Premiership final 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 38-21 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.
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 won man of the match with 18 points in 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.
Farrell succeeded with 16 out of 18 attempts at goal in the 2015 Rugby World Cup and all seven of his shots from the tee in the 25-21 victory over Wales in the Six Nations 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 2016 RBS 6 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.
The 2015/16 campaign ended with a pair of trophies for Owen as he helped Saracens lift the Premiership title for the second successive year with 13 points in a 28-20 win over Exeter Chiefs at Twickenham.
He also lifted the European Champions Cup and won the EPCR European Player of the Year, becoming the first recipient of the Anthony Foley Memorial Trophy.
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 the absence of Dylan Hartley, Owen was then named as captain for England’s three-match summer tour to South Africa though Eddie Jones’ side lost the series 2-1.
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 four years later against the All Blacks with 14 points in the 24-21 victory in the second Test at Wellington.
The following week, he put over another four kicks in the 15-15 draw, including the tantalising penalty with two minutes remaining that squared the series at Eden Park.
723 points – 8T, 103C, 156PG, 3DG
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, SA (1,2,3), SA, NZ, JPN (R), A
31 points - 2C, 9PG
2013 A (3R) 2017 NZ(1,2,3)
Last updated: 16 January 2019