George warns that if Farrell decides to join Racing 92, Saracens will suffer a significant setback.

Owen Farrell’s contributions to English rugby have earned him the freedom to leave Saracens on his own terms, as stated by Jamie George.
Farrell has engaged in discussions with Racing 92 regarding a potential move to the Top 14 leaders at the conclusion of the season, a surprising development following his decision to withdraw from the Six Nations in order to prioritize his mental well-being.
Should he depart for Paris, the record point-scorer for the nation, a talisman, and a veteran of 112 caps would become ineligible for selection by Steve Borthwick.
George is a top contender to assume the role of England captain, following the departure of the 32-year-old, and while he hopes his long-time teammate remains at Saracens, he insists that any move would have the support and blessing of the Premiership champions.
“The news was just as shocking to us as it was to everyone else. At present, it’s all mere speculation,” said George, speaking as a representative for financial services provider, Funding Circle.
“Obviously, his potential departure would be a significant loss for everyone at Saracens due to the type of player and person he is. However, there’s no guarantee that he is leaving. He has given so much to the club, the sport, and the entirety of English rugby.
“He deserves the autonomy to make his own decision, and regardless of what he chooses to do, he has the complete support of everyone at the club.”
Unless Borthwick opts for an unconventional choice, either George, George Ford, or Ellis Genge will lead England in their Six Nations opener against Italy on 3 February.
George, the undisputed first-choice hooker for the nation, who is likely to receive a ‘hybrid contract’ from the Rugby Football Union, has previously captained Saracens and the Lions. “I’m extremely honored to be considered,” said George, who is expected to recover from a neck injury in time to face Bordeaux on Sunday. “Obviously, I’ve played alongside Owen my entire life, so the role of captaincy has always fallen to him, and rightfully so, because he’s exceptional. I have led teams before, so it’s something that I would embrace and thoroughly enjoy.”
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Meanwhile, Ireland has suffered a significant injury setback with wing Mack Hansen being ruled out of the Six Nations. Hansen was scheduled to undergo surgery on Monday after sustaining a dislocated shoulder during Connacht’s United Rugby Championship clash against Munster.
“Mack Hansen [shoulder] will undergo surgery today for a dislocated shoulder and is expected to be unavailable for three to four months,” announced Connacht.
The defending champions of the Six Nations, Ireland, will commence their campaign against France in Marseille on 2 February. Hansen, aged 25, has quickly become a key player for Ireland’s head coach, Andy Farrell, scoring nine tries in 21 Tests since his debut in February 2022. Additionally, he will miss Connacht’s final two Investec Champions Cup pool matches against Lyon and Bristol.

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