Owen Farrell refused to reflect on the glory of an outstanding 2016 for Saracens and England even when beginning the year with a week’s holiday in Devon.
Farrell visited the south west with his partner and their new dog – a Hungarian Vizler named Ronnie that he is in the process of training – but admits he was unable to eliminate thoughts of rugby during the break.
The 25-year-old was instrumental in Saracens’ march to domestic and European silverware last season and also played a key role in England’s Grand Slam success amid a calendar year notable for an unblemished run of 13 Test victories.
It culminated in his nomination for world player of the year, but Farrell is reluctant to dwell on past achievements.
“What’s the point in looking back? I don’t feel the need to sit there and think about what’s gone on last year,” Farrell said.
“If I was to sit there and think about anything, it’s ‘what can you look forward to, what you can put your time into and what can help make you grow?’
“I definitely take pride in what we did, but I don’t sit there and think ‘how good was that?’ Rugby is a game that’s constant and if you’re not growing with it, you get left behind.
“When you get time off, you do more of the stuff you enjoy, but I enjoy training and I enjoy watching rugby.”
Farrell will lead Saracens in Sunday’s Champions Cup visit to the Scarlets in the suspension-enforced absence of Brad Barritt.
“Scarlets had a brilliant win against Toulon down at their ground so it’ll be a tough place to go,” he said.
“They’re a very good team littered with brilliant players so we’ll have to prepare well and make sure we get things right. If we don’t we’ll get caught out.”
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