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Andy Farrell defends England squad following 'arrogant' jibe by Jim Telfer

Last Updated: 29/01/13 9:27pm

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Andy Farrell: Has dismissed comments from Jim Telfer

Andy Farrell: Has dismissed comments from Jim Telfer

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Andy Farrell has dismissed former Scotland coach Jim Telfer's claim that the England squad are "too arrogant".

England backs coach Farrell says his players have laughed off Telfer's comments, which he thinks are a tactic designed to fire Scotland up ahead of their RBS Six Nations opener at Twickenham on Saturday.

Telfer did reserve praise for Farrell and the England coaching staff but labelled players like Chris Ashton, Danny Care, Ben Youngs and Manu Tuilagi as "very impressionable".

"I definitely don't recognise anything he has said," Farrell said.

"People say this every year about the English anyway. It has stuck now. That is why we take it tongue-in-cheek. We know exactly what we are about.

"A couple of the lads have seen it and they are all taking the mick out of each other. They think it's quite funny about those who have been mentioned. There are a few jokes flying around the place."


Telfer lashed out at the England squad, saying they are not as good as they think they are following the famous victory over New Zealand at the start of December.

"They are too arrogant, too pretentious and too condescending to realise they have a problem," he told the Daily Mail.

Scotland have not won at Twickenham in 30 years and Farrell believes Telfer made the disparaging comments in order to give his compatriots some extra belief heading into the clash.

Farrell added: "He's Scottish isn't he, very passionate about his country and he wants to give his lads as much belief as he can.

"He cares about his country. It is him trying to do the right thing by his own country, to try and motivate them.

"That is what he has always been about really - passion and stirring a few feathers up along the way. It is what you want, a bit of passion."

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