Farrell not in 'awe' of Dan Carter
November 13, 2013
Owen Farrell enjoys Manu Tuilagi's try against New Zealand last year © PA Photos
Carter will win his 100th cap for the All Blacks come Saturday and will be keen to make amends for their 38-21 loss to England last year. Farrell played at fly-half during that win and despite Carter's reputation as the world's best No.10, Farrell insists he holds no fear.
"Obviously you respect him massively because of what he's done and what he is, but there's no point sitting back and being in awe of it," Farrell said. "You've got to go out and perform yourself. You've got to get excited about it.
"There is not much I don't admire about him. He is not really bad at anything. The impressive thing is that he's been like that for a long time. There has been no drop-off. He's a world-class player and one of the best -- if not the best -- for a long time. I try to take as much as I can out of what he does."
England are currently two from two in the autumn series and will hope to complete a clean sweep against the All Blacks on Saturday. For Steve Hansen's men, they are targeting an unbeaten year and Farrell is fully aware they will have to work hard for a win.
"We have to compete with these teams every time we step out on the field," Farrell added. "They are the No 1 in the world and that is where we want to get to. They have been setting the standard for a long time. We have to make sure, if we want to be up there, that we do the same. Last year is irrelevant. We have to make sure we are a team getting better."
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