Stuart Lancaster feels Racing's attacking game-play will benefit Owen Farrell

Owen Farrell made his England debut under Stuart Lancaster
Owen Farrell made his England debut under Stuart Lancaster

England fly-half Owen Farrell, set to join Racing 92 on a two-year contract starting next season has been deemed a perfect fit for the Top 14 club's offensive rugby style according to head coach Stuart Lancaster.

Farrell will be absent from the upcoming Six Nations due to a mental health break from international rugby and his move to the French club further negates his chances of representing England in the near future due to their policy of not selecting players plying trade overseas.

Teaming up with Lancaster, his former England coach who granted him his international debut in 2012 and has collaborated with him at various pathway levels, Farrell enters a new chapter. Despite concerns, Lancaster, who achieved success at Leinster before joining Racing, dispelled any notions that Farrell's playing style lacked an attacking dimension.

"There's a perception that Saracens, where he plays, play a very structured game," said Lancaster.

"But if anyone watched Saracens last season in the Premiership, which they won, you'd see they were probably the best attacking game in the Premiership last year.

"They changed because they lost the previous year against Leicester Tigers in the final, it was like a kicking game.

"Saracens and Owen... decided to change their philosophy to more attack-based and he was key to that."

Farrell boasts 112 caps for England, having participated in the 2019 World Cup final and securing a third-place finish last year. Additionally, he has clinched three Six Nations championships, one of which was the 2016 Grand Slam.

On the club front, the 32-year-old, with six British and Irish Lions caps to his name, contributed to Saracens' success in securing six Premiership titles and three European crowns.

"He's a good fit because he brings a real depth of experience and he can play the style of rugby that I would like to see here at Racing," Lancaster said.

"He has got more growth in him as a player and I think he's ready for a new challenge.

"It's a big decision for him to leave England when he's captain and Saracens, his club, but I think he's excited by the challenge.

"I think Owen will just complement the team."