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Rugby Union

Farrell targets WC redemption

16th July 2019, 13:55 by Jack Ogalbe

Owen Farrell says England's failure four years ago is driving the squad on ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

The fly-half was part of the Red Rose side that failed to take advantage of their status as hosts, losing to both Wales and Australia in the pool stages as they were eliminated at the first hurdle.

Stuart Lancaster was subsequently sacked and Eddie Jones is the man tasked with guiding England to a second Webb Ellis Cup.

Jones was in the opposing dugout when Clive Woodward's side beat Australia in the 2003 final and also assisted South Africa to glory in 2007.

Farrell, who is expected to captain his country in the tournament, believes the squad have learned from their heartache four years ago and is confident they can use that disappointment as inspiration in Japan.

"When you do suffer big losses and get knocked out of tournaments early, you do tend to have a good look at yourself, you tend to be able to get stuff done, to move on and get better," Farrell told Sky Sports.

"And hopefully not dwell on it too long but use it to make you improve. Our results after that [2015 World Cup exit] showed that we did that and have done since.

"But the most exciting thing for us now is that we've got so much more growth and we get to spend a bit more time together between now and getting on the plane to Japan.

"It's all about us getting stuck into what we're doing here and now and improving."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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