Eddie Jones believes Owen Farrell will “put his own stamp on the team” after taking over the captaincy from Dylan Hartley.
Farrell has replaced Northampton skipper Hartley as captain for next month’s tour to South Africa, while the 32-year-old takes an extended break from the sport to recover from concussion.
Jones has likened Saracens back Farrell to Australia great George Gregan and tipped him to impress in the role.
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“Owen is a completely different character to Dylan. He has a different cultural background,” said Jones. “Dylan is from Rotorua, Owen is from Wigan.
“They think about things differently, they look at things differently. Owen will put his own stamp on the team and we want him to do that.
“George Gregan was fantastic. I have never seen a stronger winner than him. He demanded stuff from the team and they were frightened not to give it to him. He was super on the field but not as good off it.”
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When asked if Farrell’s style mirrors Gregan’s, Jones replied: “That is probably close to the mark and so we need to find people who can work off the field to help Owen.
“You don’t expect a captain immediately to be this all-conquering figure. It takes time, it takes effort and it takes patience.
“Owen has got the job for South Africa so he has five weeks to work through, find his own style, influence the team and we will see how he goes.”
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