Farrell benefiting from Wilkinson's tutelage


Owen Farrell has revealed that his starring role in England's 3-0 whitewash of Australia was aided by some guidance from the country's 2003 World Cup hero, Jonny Wilkinson.

Farrell scored a total of 66 points during the tour Down Under, landing 23 kicks from 26 attempts during the three Tests. His late try in the second contest in Melbourne secured England's first series win on Australian soil.

Saturday's thrilling 44-40 success capped a stunning trip for Eddie Jones' side, Farrell finishing with 24 points in a see-saw encounter, and the Saracens man revealed how much Wilkinson's advice has improved his game.

"Working with Jonny has impacted on me massively. He's made me understand a lot better what I do and how I get to where I want to get to. He's the best ever," Farrell said of the former fly-half, who landed the crucial extra-time drop-goal to clinch the Webb Ellis Trophy at the expense of Australia in Sydney 13 years ago.

"I can't see anybody ever being better than him, either. He's a good person to learn from. He's someone who knows it all inside out.

"He's someone who's thought a lot about it. Not only that, but he's a brilliant person to learn off.

"If it doesn't go in one way he's got 10 different ways of telling you how to do it. It's brilliant for the likes of George Ford and myself."

England are now up to second in the world rankings, but Farrell is aware the young side have plenty to do if they are to be challenge double defending world champions New Zealand for top spot.

"What we've done is a step in the right direction, but we have to back it up and keep improving because we're not where we want to be," Farrell said.

"It's been brilliant. We'll enjoy this because it has never been done before. We're in a good place but our goal is clearly to be the best, that's what's been said since we met up. That's what we're working towards.

"To beat New Zealand we'll probably have to start joining things up a little bit more.

"We've had games in this series where if one thing's going well something else might not be. It might then swap around for the next Test.

"There might be times we put little bits together, but there aren't big patches of that yet, so it's about how we do that.

"We'll definitely go back and look at the series as a whole and make sure we learn from it.

"We're not where we want to be yet although we've come here and got a brilliant three results. The only thing we can do is to get better."