Jun 28, 2013
Owen Farrell loving life as a British Lion
Saracens fly-half says he has “loved every minute” of the British and Irish Lions tour of Australia, as he prepares for this weekend's showdown in Melbourne.
"I've loved every minute of the Lions experience. From meeting new people to getting to know these brilliant players around you, travelling and seeing new places, it is such a special thing," said Farrell.
"It has brought more out of me. You are playing with some fantastic players and you are able to express yourself because they all know their jobs and do it brilliant. It's easy to go out there and show what you can do.
"The next few days are going to be big. No matter whether you're involved or not it's massive.
"To be a part of this, a team like this and a game such as this weekend, with the opportunity to go 2-0, is an unbelievable achievement for any team down here and especially for a team that has come together only recently.
Farrell has fine in fine fettle for the Lions. The England playmaker has a 95% success rate with the boot so far this tour, and he has impressed with ball in hand during Tuesday’s midweek game against the Melbourne Rebels. He will once again be involved in Warren Gatland's test match 23 as a replacement, and hopes to make his mark in the Lions test arena if he were to be called upon this Saturday.
"As a replacement you have to prepare yourself as if you would for any other game. You could be on there after a minute. You have to be relaxed and not too caught up in it, so that can do your job when you do get on."
"Every time you get the chance you have got to try and take it. You have got to prove yourself every time you step out on the field," he added.
"You can't do it one week and not the next - that's called inconsistent. You've got to put best foot forward to serve the team.
"You've always got to be better. People play against each other and get used to playing against each other, figure each other out that bit more. If you are not getting better you are going in the wrong direction.
"So, there is only one direction we want to go. To even contemplate complacency after one win in a three Test series would be ridiculous so we are preparing as well as we can do."