Owen Farrell ready for the fight with the "world class" Beauden Barrett

Owen Farrell ready for the fight with the "world class" Beauden Barrett

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Owen Farrell says England must limit Beauden Barrett's influence

Owen Farrell says England must limit Beauden Barrett's influence

Owen Farrell is looking forward to the semi-final against Beauden Barrett on Saturday when England's first win since 2012 was against New Zealand.

Barrett is in the contention for the World Rugby Player of the Year for the third consecutive season, having scored seven times in eight games for the All Blacks in 2018, while Farrell's clutch picks won the British and Irish Lions draws locked horns a year 2017th

They meet up against Twickenham, live on Sky sports actionand Farrell says England must tie the 27-year-old's influence if they're to have a chance of winning.

Farrell and Barrett fought during last year's Lions series

Farrell and Barrett fought during last year's Lions series

"He is a world class player, world [Rugby] Player of the Year twice in a row, there are not many people who have done that, "said Farrell Sky Sports News,

"He's stylish, a brilliant athlete, and those are the people you want to play against and they look forward to playing against them.

"It's not about me and him, he'll be aware of it, it's about the team being one of the key decision makers, it's about how we can put pressure on him."

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Farrell was part of the England team that defeated New Zealand. He scored 17 points in this 38-21 win in Twickenham. In Wellington, he won last year's victory with the Lions.

"I do not want to sit back and go, how good was that?" He said. "I want to make sure we're in a place where we can hopefully do it again."

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In England's last comeback win over South Africa last weekend, Farrell scored nine points

In England's last comeback win over South Africa last weekend, Farrell scored nine points

England have lost their last five Tests against the World Champion, but Farrell remains optimistic about his chances.

"No team is invincible," said the 27-year-old. "They are obviously a very good team that has achieved an incredible victory record and have been in the lead for a long time, which is well deserved.

"But we want to be like that, be up there, we want to be the best."

# Follow this fall with all English tests live on Sky Sports in November. The action will continue on Saturday against New Zealand before it comes to clashes against Japan and Australia

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