Stuart Lancaster confirms Racing 92's interest in Owen Farrell

Owen Farrell led England to a World Cup semi-final in France last year
Owen Farrell led England to a World Cup semi-final in France last year

Racing 92 acknowledges discussions about bringing Owen Farrell from Saracens to the team, but emphasizes that no formal agreement has been reached.

The Saracens fly-half has been the subject of strong rumors regarding a potential move to France for the upcoming season, despite recent denials of a finalised deal by the Parisian club.

Farrell's decision to step back from England duty for mental well-being reasons adds a layer of complexity, and any move abroad could extend his international absence, unless the RFU modifies its eligibility criteria for players outside the English system.

"He would be a great signing. Who wouldn't want a player like Owen Farrell?” said Lancaster.

"We'll see how it plays out. No deal has been done, there is no confirmation of anything for next year. Obviously there have been conversations."

Farrell made his England debut under Stuart Lancaster and has gone on to play for the team 112 times. He also captained England to a World Cup final in 2019 and a semi-final finish in the 2023 edition in France.

"Racing are often linked with key players and I'm lucky my relationships with players from England and Ireland are all part of that, but we'll see.

"I have signed for four years and what I'm trying to do is build a team that can win this year and a team that's going to be really competitive over the next couple of years as well."