'I think he'll be great over there if he does go' - Finn Russell on Owen Farrell's move to France

Owen Farrell has been linked with a move to Racing 92
Owen Farrell has been linked with a move to Racing 92

Scotland fly-half Finn Russell believes England captain Owen Farrell will have a successful stint in Top 14 if he decides to move to France.

Racing 92 boss Stuart Lancaster admitted earlier in the week that the club has expressed interest in signing Farrell following his conclusion of contract with Saracens at the end of the 2023/24 season.

Farrell, who led England to a World Cup final in the 2019 World Cup and a semi-final finish in the 2023 edition is currently on a break from international rugby to focus on his mental well being.

Russell, who played for Racing between 2018 and 2023 before joining Bath Rugby is confident that Farrell will have to embrace the culture in France if he opts to make a move to the Top 14 club.

"I loved my time in Paris, and you've got to go there with an open mind and try to fit in and take to their way of life and culture as much as possible," Russell told Sky Sports.

"It is different, it is challenging at times, but if I went over there and was stuck in how I did things in Scotland then you'd find it quite difficult.

"The quicker you can get up to speed with the language and just embrace everything, even if it's tougher times, it's good fun.

"I think he'll be great over there if he does go. I'm not sure if he is going or not, but if he does go, I think he'll be great."

Farrell made his England debut under current Racing boss Lancaster and has gone on to play for the team 112 times. He was associated with Saracens since his professional rugby debut in 2008 and won six Premiership titles with them in 2011, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2023 and three European Champions Cup titles in 2016, 2017 and 2019.