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RugbyU: Farrell backs Burgess to follow his cross-code lead

England coach Andy Farrell believes Sam Burgess has the "warrior" mentality that will help him be a success in rugby union should the rugby league star change codes. British press reports have suggested England's Rugby Football Union (RFU) are considering bringing Burgess into the 15-man game and may be willing to fund, at least in part, a buy-out of the two years left on his contract with Australian NRL side South Sydney Rabbitohs.

RugbyU: Farrell pitches in to Murrayfield debate

England backs coach Andy Farrell insisted Friday the visitors would cope with anything a troubling Murrayfield pitch threw at them when they faced Scotland in the Calcutta Cup on Saturday. The once pristine grass has succumbed to a parasitic infection which has created an unstable surface and one that threatens to turn the latest edition of rugby union's oldest international fixture into something of a lottery should forecast rain descend on the Edinburgh ground.

RugbyU: England will rise to Welsh challenge - Farrell

Assistant coach Andy Farrell says England have proved in recent months that they have what it takes to prevail against Wales in Saturday's Six Nations decider in Cardiff. England, gunning for their first Grand Slam in a decade, face a Wales team who have swept all before them three times in that period, including in last year's championship. However, Farrell believes the experience England gained in the draw against South Africa last June and the subsequent 38-21 defeat of New Zealand at Twickenham in December will stand them in good stead.

RugbyU:England defence finds favour with Farrell

Andy Farrell believes England's defence is reaching world-class standard, even though they missed 21 tackles against France. Nevertheless, England defeated Les Bleus 23-13 at Twickenham last time out to remain on course for a first Six Nations Grand Slam since their World Cup-winning year of 2003. And former dual code international Farrell, now a member of England's backroom staff, said missing tackles was a consequence of the high-pressure pressing game the side were opting for in defence.
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