England’s head coach Steve Borthwick has given his full support to Owen Farrell, who has decided to take a break from international rugby to focus on his and his family’s mental health. The decision will see Farrell miss this season’s Six Nations Championship. With his absence and the retirement of Courtney Lawes, Ellis Genge is a potential successor as England’s captain, and George Ford is a favorite to take Farrell’s No.10 role for the Six Nations opener against Italy on February 3. Borthwick expressed full support for Farrell’s decision and stated that as an integral part of the England set-up for over a decade, he will do everything he can to ensure Farrell has the required support going forward. Saracens, Farrell’s club, also expressed their support, emphasizing that he will continue to play and captain the club despite his international break. The decision has sparked widespread concern within rugby circles, with many expressing support for Farrell’s decision to prioritize his mental well-being.

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