Farrell exit surprises Gill
Sarries forward admits coach's exit was 'out of the blue'
Last Updated: 03/06/12 3:57pm
Rhys Gill: Expressed his surprise at Andy Farrell's exit
Saracens forward Rhys Gill has expressed his surprise at Andy Farrell's exit, labelling the move as 'out of the blue'.
In April it looked as though Farrell committed his long-term future to the club after rejecting the chance to join the England set-up under Stuart Lancaster.
Farrell stepped down last Thursday evening, immediately sparking speculation of an England return following his role with them during this season's RBS 6 Nations Championship.
"We were told he was staying and he was happy to stay. It was out of the blue, really."
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Gill was under the impression Farrell was happy staying at Sarries, claiming his exit earlier this week was a surprise move.
"I was surprised about Andy," explained Gill. "We were told he was staying and he was happy to stay. It was out of the blue, really."
Wales international Gill now heads Down Under for the three-match Test against Australia after delivering an impressive display in their 30-21 victory over the Barbarians on Saturday.
He coped well with his opposite number - Barbarians skipper and Saracens colleague John Smit - and recovered admirably after referee Alain Rolland harshly yellow-carded him.
"It was good playing opposite John," Gill added. "There was quite a bit of banter, and it was good to get stuck into him! He's a great bloke.
"He has been really good for us at Saracens, bringing a really positive attitude to the camp.
"The yellow card was for nothing. The referee said it was hands in the ruck, but I think it was (Barbarians lock) Mick O'Driscoll who picked it up and knocked on. I think Alain Rolland has got it in for me!
"I am really looking forward to the tour. It will be good to go down there and get stuck in. Australia are a good side, so to get a win out there would be awesome.
"My game has come on loads since I joined Saracens. Playing in the Premiership week in, week out is really tough. You learn your trade.
"It's probably not as skilful as the Welsh game, but it is a really tough league."