Owen Farrell Owen Farrell and England rugby players on the Cricket World Cup win

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Owen Farrell Can England's rugby boys copy their cricket colleagues in the World Cup this autumn
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The man who will lead a group of Englishmen into their next sporting World Cup, Saracens fly-half Owen Farrell, watched spell-bound as his cricketing counterparts pulled off their stunning last-gasp victory at Lord’s. And now the rugby skipper has urged his own players to be ready for anything as they prepare for their tournament in Japan this September.

The rugby squad watched the cricket final from their training base in Bristol and went straight into a team meeting after events at Lord’s had finished.

“There are always momentum shifts in sport and you have to be ready for them,” said Farrell who has assumed sole leadership of the team in the absence of injured hooker, Dylan Hartley. “The margins are fine. You saw that the cricket when the New Zealand fielder [Trent Boult] stepped on the boundary rope as he tried to

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