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Owen Farrell is dropped by England
27 Nov 2014 21:09
England have dropped Owen Farrell for Saturday's QBE International against Australia at Twickenham, with Billy Twelvetrees selected in his place at inside centre.
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Farrell has been overlooked for the starting XV for the first time since June 2012 after under-performing against New Zealand, South Africa and Samoa and is demoted to the bench.
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The experiment of playing the 23-year-old at 12 has been abandoned after only one match with Twelvetrees chosen to line up outside fly-half George Ford after impressing as a second-half replacement in the 28-9 victory over Samoa.
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Ford produced an accomplished full debut against the Pacific islanders and it is hoped the presence of a more genuine inside-centre than Farrell will help ignite the attacking game that has spluttered throughout the autumn.
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"It's good to be able to give Billy his first start of the series," head coach Stuart Lancaster said.
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"He took on board the feedback we gave him when he first came into camp and he has worked hard both with us and at Gloucester. He deserves his chance.
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"Owen is a key part of our squad and I'm sure he'll make a positive contribution should he get the chance."
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