Former England captain Owen Farrell is spotted in the crowd at Twickenham as Steve Borthwick’s side claim a thrilling 23-22 Six Nations victory over Ireland

  • Farrell announced his decision to take a break from international rugby last year.
  • The former England captain was subjected to a torrent of abuse on social media
  • Fly-half to join French giant Racing 92 on two-year deal in summer

Former England captain Owen Farrell was seen in the Twickenham stands during Steve BorthwickThe side is exciting Six Nations victory over Ireland.

The flyhalf announced his decision to take a break from international rugby to protect his mental health in November, after being subjected to a torrent of online abuse ahead of last year's World Cup.

The 32-year-old's Saracens club said he was taking a step back to "prioritise his and his family's mental wellbeing". It has since been confirmed that he will join French giants Racing 92 on a two-year deal at the end of the season.

Farrell, who has 112 England caps, seemed in good spirits as he arrived on the pitch for Saturday's clash against the team coached by his father, Andy.

He would have loved to see England's best performance after the defeat in their last match in Scotland, as the team recorded a thrilling 23-22 victory against Ireland to end their Grand Slam hopes.

Owen Farrell took a place in the stands for England's Six Nations clash against Scotland.

Fans of England and rival countries had subjected the English number 10 to extreme hostility in every match in which he participated.

Fans of England and rival countries had subjected the English number 10 to extreme hostility in every match in which he participated.

Borthwick named Jamie George captain of the Six Nations campaign which began with two wins before defeat at Murrayfield.

In November, the England manager offered his support to Farrell, saying: "Everyone in England supports Owen's decision. Since his debut, he has been an integral part of the team for over a decade and the demands of elite athletes are extremely challenging.

'He is an exemplary player, captain and leader, and always gives everything for his country.

'Owen has made the decision to open up in this way with his typical bravery. "Together with all of us in England, I will do everything I can to ensure he has the support he needs."

Marcus Smith's late drop goal gave England a stunning victory over Ireland on Saturday night.

Marcus Smith's late drop goal gave England a stunning victory over Ireland on Saturday night.

Ahead of the World Cup, Farrell came under online abuse after being caught up in a confusing appeal to overturn a red card for a dangerous tackle.

At the time, his father Andy said: 'I would have his mother come and interview you and you would see the human side of the nonsense that is happening.' Or maybe get his wife to write a book about it, because then you'll see the impact he's having, not only on the professional player, but on the families and the human side that comes with it.

'I understand that the longer you stay near the top, people will tear you down. But there comes a point where it's not acceptable."

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