Farrell prepared for Carter duel
- 13 Nov 2013
England flyhalf Owen Farrell admires his All Blacks counterpart Dan Carter greatly, but won't pull any punches when the two meet in Saturday's encounter.
The two playmakers have been successful with their respective teams, but have faced individual criticism, with Sky Sports' Stuart Barnes saying Farrell's performance needs improvement and New Zealand Herald rugby writer Chris Rattue saying Carter should be dropped.
'Obviously he's a world-class player and one of, if not the best for a long time. I definitely try to take as much as I can out of what he does,' said Farrell of Carter. 'There isn't much I don't admire about him. He's not bad at anything. He's world class. The impressive thing is that he's been doing it for a long time – there's been no drop-off.'
Farrell said that while he is inspired by the All Blacks No 10, he won't let Carter detract from what he has to do.
'I respect him massively because of what he's done and who he is, but there's no point sitting back and being in awe of it. You've got to go out and perform yourself. You've got to get excited about it.'
England will take on the All Blacks at Twickenham on Saturday, just short of a year after England defeated the world champions 38-21.
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