Owen Farrell England make George Ford and Owen Farrell decision ahead of Rugby World Cup 2019 opener

Owen Farrell England make George Ford and Owen Farrell decision ahead of Rugby World Cup 2019 opener

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England are reportedly poised to start both George Ford and Owen Farrell in their Rugby World Cup 2019 opener against Tonga on Sunday.

The 10/12 axis featuring both playmakers, who traditionally play at fly-half, seemed to be shelved last month when England suffered a series defeat to South Africa.

But the concept was revived as the duo impressed together in a World Cup warm-up win over Ireland last month.

According to The Telegraph , England are now looking to hand both starts against Tonga as attack coach Scott Wisemantel looks to pick apart the aggressive Pacific Islanders.

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Owen Farrell could start alongside George Ford against Tonga
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Tonga are known for their line speed and hard-hitting, with the fast-hands of Ford and Farrell set to allow them to pick holes in the defence and send the ball wide at speed.

Ford and Farrell have battled to make the No.10 jersey their own for a number of years, with Eddie Jones coming up with the solution of playing both together, with Farrell at No.12.

The idea was an instant success but grew gradually less effective as teams respon

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