JAMIE GEORGE has hailed Owen Farrell a rugby ‘genius’ and believes his presence has grown with promotion to the England captaincy.
While it was Jonny May who brought Twickenham to its feet with a hat-trick of tries in Sunday’s 44-8 victory over France, it was Farrell who orchestrated the downfall of feeble opponents.
The Saracens playmaker, assisted by half-back partner Ben Youngs, expertly exploited the acres of space available in the backfield through a variety of kicks as England registered their biggest win in the fixture since 1911.
In the injury-enforced absence of co-captain Dylan Hartley, Farrell has taken over as sole leader of the team and Saracens club-mate George believes he is thriving as a result.
‘The bloke’s a genius. I never see him have a bad game and that’s why he’s one of the best players in the world, if not the best player in the world,’ said hooker George.
‘It’s amazing to be playing with a fly-half and captain who is as dominant as he is and who leads from the front in the way that he does.
‘Owen’s been a captain and leader for a long time now. It’s not a new thing for us but he does it really well and it brings the best out of him in terms of his game. He’s performing really well.’
May elevated his strike rate to 12 tries in as many Tests after breaching fragile French resistance three times inside the opening half-hour.
Asked if May’s form makes him unstoppable at the moment, George replied: ‘We’re really happy for him because he works incredibly hard. People think he’s just this fast kid who happens to be good at rugby, but he puts a huge amount of time into his preparation.
‘He probably does more than anyone else in the squad, so he deserves all the praise he gets.’