Farrell wins prestigious Pat Marshall award

England and Saracens back Owen Farrell has been named the winner of the Pat Marshall award at the Rugby Union Writers’ Club annual dinner in London.

The award is chosen by the rugby writers and is in recognition for the personality of the year and Farrell headed the list including Maro Itoje, Rob Baxter, Sam Warburton and Jonathan Davies.

Farrell, 26, had a successful 2017 where he helped England retain the Six Nations, Saracens win the Champions Cup and also was a key part of the British & Irish Lions side that drew the series in New Zealand.

He was also named the European player of the year - renamed to the Anthony Foley Memorial Trophy for the first time last season - as Sarries won back-to-back Champions Cup titles, and was nominated for the World Rugby player of the year.

Farrell made his England debut in 2012 against Scotland and has won 53 caps to date, as well as four British & Irish Lions caps, and is the second-highest points scorer in England's history behind Jonny Wilkinson.