Owen Farrell Owen Farrell issues rallying cry to England fans ahead of Rugby World Cup 2019 opener

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Owen Farrell has urged the country to rise up and help carry England to Rugby World Cup glory.

Farrell’s side launch their campaign against Tonga today in the Sapporo Dome where David Beckham gave the ­nation one of its great sporting moments.

The England captain recalls Beckham’s penalty which beat Argentina at that 2002 World Cup, but his abiding memory is the impact it had on the ­nation and how that support, in turn, lifted the team.

Farrell said: “I know how good the nation is at getting behind the team at tournaments like this.

“Whenever a team has got to the knockout stages and built some momentum, the country goes mental for it.

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Owen Farrell has rallied the troops ahead of their bow against Tonga
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“We have all been one of those fans, we all know how much people love to see ­England do well at the big tournaments.

“Whether it’s the football World Cup or Cricket World Cup, we’ve seen the momentum that gathers back home and I’m sure those teams were able to feed off that.

“Hopefully we can give the country ­something to cheer about while we are here – and get some ­momentum from it.”

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Farrell recalled Beckham’s penalty which beat Argentina in the Sapporo Domein 2002
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England teams had a ­succession of near misses ­before the cricketers landed their World Cup this summer.

Gareth Southgate’s footballers a year ago, Phil and Tracey Neville’s women’s football and netball teams this summer.

All benefited from a huge groundswell of support as they advanced deep into their ­respect

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