Farrell shrugs off arrogant England claim

ENGLAND backs coach Andy Farrell has hit back at former Scotland boss Jim Telfer’s claim that Red Rose players are “arrogant, pretentious and condescending”.

Telfer singled out Chris Ashton, Danny Care, Ben Youngs and Manu Tuilagi in his blast, ahead of Saturday’s RBS Six Nations opener between the teams.

“I definitely don’t recognise anything he has said,” Farrell said. “He’s Scottish, isn’t he? Very passionate about his country and he wants to give his lads as much belief as he can.”

Gloucester’s Billy Twelvetrees is being tipped for a debut at centre after Jonathan Joseph of London Irish was among nine trimmed from England’s squad last night.

Northampton’s Ben Foden was also released, leaving Saracens’ Alex Goode and Mike Brown of Harlequins to vie for the full-back spot. Head coach Stuart Lancaster is due to name his team tomorrow.