Owen Farrell to leave Saracens to join French club Racing 92 next season… as former England captain turns his back on English rugby after international break

  • Owen Farrell will leave Saracens to join French giants Racing 92 in the summer
  • The fly-half spent his entire career at the club, making his debut at the age of 17
  • He caused a shock by taking a break from Test rugby after the World Cup

French club Racing 92 have confirmed that England flyhalf Owen Farrell will join them next season.

The 32-year-old will leave Saracens after 15 seasons for the move across the Channel after agreeing a two-year contract.

Farrell, who is set to miss the Six Nations to prioritize his mental well-being, will become ineligible for international selection due to Rugby Football Union rules.

The RFU does not allow players who ply their trade abroad to be selected for England.

Racing are coached by Stuart Lancaster, who gave Farrell his Test debut in 2012 when he was England boss.

Owen Farrell joins Racing 92 and turns his back on English rugby for good

Farrell, who is currently on leave from Test rugby, claimed he had been the target of «horrendous» hate online and at the stadium from fans.

A statement from the Parisian club said: ‘Racing 92 formalizes the signing of Owen Farrell to its professional men’s team.

«The England international has committed to two seasons of the sport and will join Ciel et Blanc from 1 July 2024.»

Jamie George has been named England’s Six Nations captain.

Farrell led England to a third-placed finish at last year’s World Cup but caused a major shock in November when he confirmed he was taking a break from Test rugby to prioritize the wellbeing of himself and his family after being the target of «horrendous» online and in-house hate on stadium by the fans.

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Mail Sport reported earlier this month that the top half were in «advanced discussions» to join TOP14 leaders Racing.

A move to France would make Farrell, 32, ineligible for England duty as only players who are employed by Gallagher Premiership clubs can represent Borthwick’s national side.

The 32-year-old pilot spent his entire career at StoneX Stadium, where he made his debut at the age of 17.

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