Owen Farrell could tip the balance in a Six Nations defined by rival No 10s | Robert Kitson

Picking Farrell to play at fly-half against Scotland rather than George Ford shows Eddie Jones’s faith in the England captain

Already it seems like the 2021 Six Nations will be defined by the men wearing No 10. If Scotland, France or Ireland mount a title challenge it will be because Finn Russell, Matthieu Jalibert and Johnny Sexton set a vibrant tempo for their respective teams and flourish in the conductor’s role. Should England triumph, it will be because Owen Farrell has effectively ripped up the accepted rules around major tournament preparation.

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