Saracens and England fly-half Owen Farrell says he is “honoured” to have been named in Warren Gatland’s 37-man British and Irish Lions squad yesterday.
Along with Irishman Jonny Sexton, Farrell is one of two outside halves that have been included in the touring party and the steely 22 year old explains how the feeling if touring as a Lion is only starting to sink in;
“I suppose it’s still quite a weird feeling still, and it’s only really started to sink in today. It’s a great privilege to have been picked for the biggest tour in world rugby; it really is an honour.
“I was sat at the Saracens training ground when I heard about the call up. I came to do some training just to try and keep myself busy before the announcement rather than stressing out too much thinking about it.”
Farrell is one of three Saracens players that have a seat on the Lions plane, and Farrell explains how a few familiar faces will help him grow accustom to a “new environment”
“I think it will be a totally new environment playing alongside some new teammates and for some new coaches but that’s something I’m really excited about,” said Farrell
“There are some lads I know well from England and of course, Mako and Matt from Saracens, so it will be good to have some people that I know there; as it’s a not as many people that I have to get to know as players and people in a short space of time.
He added: “I’m eagerly anticipating touring Australia. I’ve never been there and it’s a place I’ve always wanted to go as kid and to get the chance to tour there on what is the biggest tour in rugby and one of the biggest events on the sporting calendar is a huge privilege.”