The country’s sporting history could have been completely different if England’s Rugby World Cup hero Owen Farrell stuck with football after trials with Manchester United.
The superstar fly-half had trials as a goalkeeper, with United’s first-team goalkeeping coach Richard Harris telling the Telegraph: “Owen was terrific.”
The Telegraph’s report adds that the Red Devils even offered Farrell’s father, Andy, a meeting with Sir Alex Ferguson in a bid to win over the eventual Saracens star’s heart.
Farrell is a world class talent with his hands and his feet, it would be amazing to see how he’d get in a charity football match in the near future.
Here’s what Richard Harris had to say on Farrell’s ability:
“You could just tell from within a few minutes of meeting him that he carried himself really well.”
“You can always tell when you meet a top-class sportsman, they have that air about them and he did.”
The Independent reported earlier that the 28-year-old had a ‘reduced’ role in training on Wednesday as he’s looking to recover from injury in time for the all-important final.
Farrell has established himself as one of the best players in the world recently, the fly-half has been nominated for World Player of the Year on three occasions in his career.
There’s a good chance that the England captain can win the prestigious award if helps the Red Roses to winning the World Cup against South Africa tomorrow morning.