England pool of talent excites Farrell

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Andy Farrell is excited by the “feast” of talent available to England as they look to make a fresh start for the Six Nations.

But the Saracens head coach, who will join Stuart Lancaster’s interim England management team next month, warned there would be no cheap caps on offer.

Lancaster will announce England’s 32-man Six Nations squad on January 11 and it could include up to 17 players who did not feature in the World Cup. The Six Nations competition gets underway in February.

“There are a lot of guys putting their hands up. It is going to be interesting during selection,” Farrell said.

“We are (spoilt for choice) and that has to be an exciting thing, a fresh start for everyone and some exciting players to choose from. It is a feast for us at the minute. We have to get (the balance) right. Nobody gets a cap if they are not ready and we have got to make sure the balance of the team is right.”

Farrell has helped Saracens produce a clutch of contenders. His son Owen and fellow centre Brad Barritt, full-back Alex Goode and flanker Andy Saull all enhanced their credentials against Harlequins on Tuesday. Lancaster, who was among the record 82,000 crowd at Twickenham, will also have been watching the Harlequins captain Chris Robshaw, full-back Mike Brown and prop Joe Marler.

Elsewhere, Gloucester centre Henry Trinder, London Irish flanker Jamie Gibson and Sale forward James Gaskell are all seen as the future for England.