England bound | Andy Farrell chose to remain with Saracens in April when Stuart Lancaster invited him into the England set-up, but it appears whatever loyalty he had has passed. (Image | Daily Mail)

First team coach Andy Farrell this morning left Saracens with a view to joining the England rugby team coaching roster. The former Great Britain captain had been part of the England set-up during this year’s Six Nations Championship, but he chose to return to Saracens after the tournament ended.

With two years remaining on his contract with Saracens, who ply their trade in the Aviva Premiership at Vicarage Road stadium, any absorption of Farrell into the England coaching team is yet to be confirmed. Stuart Lancaster, England head coach, and his charges are due to play a three Test series against South Africa. Also in Lancaster’s coaching team are former England back Mike Catt, and Graham Rowntree.

Saracens chairman Nigel Wray, upon hearing of Farrell’s departure, said: “We are sorry to see Andy leave, and we wish him well in the future.”

Following the Six Nations, in which England finished second behind Wales with eight points, Lancaster had looked to bring in Farrell on a permanent basis, but he showed loyalty to Saracens in remaining at the club. He will now not, however, fulfil his contract.

All eyes are now fixed on England, with the papers unanimously agreeing that the national side will be Farrell’s next challenge. A Saracens club statement revealed the recruitment of Kevin Sorrell as the Sarries backs coach, and referred to Farrell’s decision to walk as a “surprise.”

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