England fly-half Owen Farrell has said the World Cup failure left him with a point to prove and has driven the team to its current 100 percent record under Eddie Jones.
Farrell said that while the memory of being eliminated from their home tournament at the group stages remains, it was used in a positive way to drive the team forward.
“I can only talk from my experience but I went into that [next] season feeling I had something to prove,” he told The Times. “I could not wait to get going and rip into it. It was not about putting it behind me because it’s still happened, it doesn’t go away, but there was so much bad press — and everybody and his dog had an opinion — that you just wanted to show what you’re about.
“I don’t dwell on it, but you can use it to go forward. Don’t sit on it and let it be something that drags you down, but use it the right way and let it take you forward. A lot of the lads did that.”
Another help has been Jonny Wilkinson, England’s 2003 World Cup winning fly-half, who Jones has brought in as part of his back-room team. It seemed to have worked as Farrell converted 23 of 26 kicks in their summer whitewash of Australia, but the Saracens star admits, it’s not all about kicking.
“A lot of it is not to do with kicking and skills but about the way you think and the way you are,” added Farrell says. “(His) knowledge is such that he explains things to you in different ways and takes you to a new place.
“Even just sitting there and talking to him you feel you are getting better and gaining more control of what you do. I’m passionate about improvement.”
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