Eddie Jones has elaborated on why he has backed Owen Farrell to continue as England captain in this year’s Six Nations championship.
Farrell has been out of action since suffering an ankle injury that subsequently required surgery during last November’s win over Australia in the Autumn Nations series, but is set to make his return for club side Saracens in their European Challenge Cup clash with London Irish on Sunday.
Courtney Lawes took over the captaincy in Farrell’s absence, but Jones has opted to reinstate the 30-year-old on his return to the squad as they prepare for the opening game of the 2022 Six Nations away to Scotland on 5 February.
Reflecting on his decision regarding the captaincy, Jones said: “Every decision requires a bit of thought, but we feel he’s the best man to lead the squad for the Six Nations.
“He came into the Autumn and did a really good job, then Courtney finished it off for us, so we’re hopeful Owen gets through his game on the weekend and comes in with some fitness. Then he’ll be eligible to be captain against Scotland and, if not, we’ll find another solution.
“He’s got the respect of the players, he’s got that strong, winning desire, he brings the best out in the playing group, drives the competitive spirit of the team and that’s why he’s the best person to lead the team. He’s a winner.”