English international fly-half Owen Farrell will join Racing 92 this summer for two seasons, the Ile-de-France Top 14 club announced on Monday.
Farrell (age 32, 112 caps), now retired from selection, has been with English club Saracens since 2008. “Owen Farrell will be the Racingman next season. There is no need to explain what a player who has played 112 games for England and won three Champions Cups can bring to our team.”Racing 92 president Laurent Travers explained to L'Equipe newspaper. “He will inevitably mature our youth, before him, Dan Carter, Remy Dallas or Finn Russell brought to our youth starting from Antoine Guibert from our training center”Traverse added.
The top scorer in the history of XV de la Rose (1,237 points), the day after the World Cup, the opener decided to take a break from his international career to mentally recharge his batteries after finishing third. Pharrell was booed by supporters during the match. Once he dons the Racing jersey, he will no longer be able to play for selection due to the English FA's current eligibility criteria.
Racing 92, the current leader of the Top 14, has been led by former England coach (2011-2015) Stuart Lancaster since this summer, who handed Farrell his first cap. In Hauts-de-Seine, the former England captain will meet the captaincy of his compatriot Henry Arundel or South African world champion Siya Kolisi.