“Not Going to Sit Here and Moan About It”—32-Year-Old Rugby Player Discusses Costly Error Leading To Four-Match Suspension Ahead of World Cup

Published 10/08/2023, 12:34 PM EDT

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England’s rugby captain, Owen Farrell, has recently addressed the high tackle incident that led to his four-match suspension, including the crucial Rugby World Cup opener against Argentina. Farrell’s response to this setback exemplifies his sportsmanship and accountability.

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Farrell’s dangerous hit on Wales’ Taine Basham last month resulted in a ban. Naturally, Owen is ‘gutted,’ now needing to miss the pivotal Marseille showdown. This article delves into Farrell’s honest acknowledgment of his error and determination to move forward despite the setback.

Owen Farrell’s candid acknowledgement

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Speaking for the first time about the incident, Farrell acknowledged his mistake. He also expressed his frustration at missing such a crucial match. As reported by Sky sports, he stated, “I made a mistake and got banned for it in the end. I’m not going to sit here and moan about it now.” The England captain admitted that he didn’t initially realize the severity of his shoulder-led challenge on Basham. “I didn’t know then. I knew when it came on the big screen.”

Farrell’s candid admission highlights the importance of sportsmanship and accountability in rugby. In the heat of the game, split-second decisions can have significant consequences.

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While Farrell is undoubtedly disappointed at missing the World Cup opener, he remains focused on supporting his team from the sidelines. He stated, “I’m trying to do everything I can for this team.” His commitment to his teammates and the sport’s integrity is a testament to his character.

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Looking ahead to Rugby World Cup redemption

Despite the setback, Farrell is eager to put this incident behind him and look to the future. He expressed excitement about the upcoming World Cup and his team’s potential. “I’m excited for this World Cup to start. I’m excited to see what this team can do, and I look forward to being available again,” he said.

This adversity may serve as a source of motivation for Farrell and his team, driving them to perform at their best in the World Cup. As they face Argentina and other tough opponents, Farrell’s absence on the field will undoubtedly be felt. Still, his presence in the locker room and on the training ground will be invaluable.

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In conclusion, Owen Farrell’s admission of his high tackle mistake demonstrates his sportsmanship and accountability as a rugby player. While he faces a suspension that keeps him out of a critical World Cup match, his determination to support his team and move forward speaks volumes about his character. As the Rugby World Cup kicks off, fans and teammates alike will eagerly await Farrell’s return to the field, where he hopes to make a positive impact.

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Anirudh Kidambi

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Anirudh Kidambi covers Viral Sports Moments at EssentiallySports, and has been an avid writer for over 3 years. Apart from following Formula 1, eSports and cricket, he loves to read and swim whenever he gets the chance to. If you don’t see him in front of his laptop writing, gaming or watching movies, you can find him actively participating in local quiz clubs.
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