“I’ve Had So Many Huge Inspirations Throughout My Career But Overall, It's My Family Who Have Been The Biggest.” Owen Farrell

“I’ve Had So Many Huge Inspirations Throughout My Career But Overall, It's My Family Who Have Been The Biggest.” Owen Farrell

Kristin Kennedy-Brown - January 16, 2024

As we enter the new year, Castore athlete Owen Farrell chats to us amid his international career break to discuss sporting mindset, family and what's to come in 2024. 

Owen Farrell discussed the importance of recognising your inspirations in life and having the ability to overcome inevitable setbacks through your own support network.

The England captain recently announced in November last year that he would be taking a break from international rugby, making himself unavailable for selection ahead of the 2024 Six Nations competition this February, however, he’s reiterated he has no plans to retire from international duty.

Farrell currently sits third in England’s all-time appearances list and credits his love for the game as the key to his success; “Mindset is important, but the way I see it mostly is that it’s my passion, it’s what I love. I feel like it’s what I should be doing.

“I’ve had so many huge inspirations throughout my career but overall, it’s my family who have been the biggest.”

Farrell’s father, current manager at Ireland, played both rugby union and rugby league professionally and was captain for England.

“I’ve been lucky enough to be in a professional environment since I was six”, Farrell said, “So I’m sure that’s played a part in where I am now. There’s been some big losses throughout my career which stand out for everyone to see, and big injuries also, so it’s about being able to see the bigger picture.

“To overcome setbacks, you need to look at where you are going and find the opportunity within that. Understanding that you might have days that don’t quite feel right and that’s okay.”

Farrell also credited his support network, “I think sport is great for creating community. Some of my best friends are people that I’ve known for a long time because of sport. In rugby, we rely on each other massively and that definitely helps when building relationships.”

Farrell has set his sights on the year ahead: “I’m not necessarily setting any goals, but I want to enjoy the year as much as I possibly can. I feel like it is possible to do that and play the best rugby I, we, have played.”

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