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Jenkins :Farrell is like a 'young Jonny Wilkinson'


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Article Published: Sunday 19 February 2012


Saracens and England centre Owen Farrell has been compared to a "young Jonny Wilkinson" by former Wales fly half and now Wales assistant coach Neil Jenkins.

"Owen is obviously an outstanding talent," said Jenkins who is still Wales' record points-scorer.

"He reminds me a lot of a young Jonny Wilkinson." he told the BBC.

"When Jonny first stepped up at international level, he was a centre.

"Maybe in the long run, Owen might end up being a 10, so there are a lot of similarities," he added.

Farrell is the son of former dual-code international Andy who is now an Assistant England coach as well as coach at Saracens.

The twenty-year-old showed great composure against Scotland and Italy and has transferred his kicking skills from the Premiership to the international stage.

"He is a very good goalkicker and a very good player (and) has got a good coach there with his father Andy," said Jenkins.

Jenkins was the world's leading point scorer but has now slipped to third place even though he retired from international rugby almost 10 years ago in November 2012.

The former fly half is currently helping Wales plan for their trip to face England at Twickenham on the 25th of February where they will attempt to win a 20th Triple Crown.

Wales do however have a number of injury concerns such as George North (ankle), Huw Bennett (calf), Ryan Jones (dead leg) and skipper Sam Warburton (thigh).

"There are still a few battered and bruised bodies, but we are hoping everyone is going to be up and running by next week.

"They've got the weekend off and we will see where we are on Monday and Tuesday."

Former England hooker Brian Moore has said Wales will win the Twickenham match as he believes they have the edge behind the scrum.

"There is a Twickenham factor but that shouldn't bother Wales."

"They are clear favourites by a mile," Moore told the BBC's Sport Wales programme

 
 
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