Farrell compared to young Wilkinson
February 18, 2012
Owen Farrell's nerveless kicking has been hugely important in England's Six Nations campaign so far © Getty Images
Wales assistant coach Neil Jenkins has hailed England centre and goalkicker Owen Farrell as a "young Jonny Wilkinson" ahead of next week's Six Nations clash at Twickenham.
Farrell's ice-cool temperament served England well during their recent away victories over Scotland and Italy, with the quality of his performances not lost on Jenkins.
"Owen is obviously an outstanding talent, and he has got a good coach there with his father Andy," Jenkins said. "He reminds me a lot of a young Jonny Wilkinson. When Jonny first stepped up at international level, he was a centre, as Owen is at this moment in time.
"Maybe in the long run, Owen might end up being a 10, so there are a lot of similarities. He is a very good goalkicker and a very good player."
Victory for Wales over England Saturday week - only their second at Twickenham since 1988 - would not only secure a 20th championship Triple Crown, but also leave them two more wins away from landing a second Six Nations title and Grand Slam of head coach Warren Gatland's four-year reign.
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