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England captain Owen Farrell insists he has learned from his tackle course

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Owen Farrell insists he has emerged from an uncomfortable period of his career that has seen his build up to the Guinness Six Nations disrupted by the spotlight on his tackle technique.Farrell will be available for the February 4 opener against Scotland after completing a three-match ban for a dangerous challenge on Gloucester’s Jack Clement earlier this month.The suspension was reduced from four games after he completed a tackle course and it is the third time England’s captain has been sidelined on disciplinary grounds for the same offence.Adding to the furore was the Rugby Football Union’s insistence that Saracens’ clash with Bristol on Saturday could form part of the ban, even though England internationals do not play in the final club game before the Six Nations.“It’s not nice to be in that situation, it’s definitely not.

Especially in that period when you don’t quite know what is happening,” Farrell said.“Whatever decision was made, I would have accepted that decision and made sure I came ready to get on with what’s in front of us.I have been on the tackle course.

It makes you look at what you could do better from the situation you were in in the first place and I’ve obviously had time to step back and have a look at that and learn from it“I have been on the tackle course.

It makes you look at what you could do better from the situation you were in in the first place and I’ve obviously had time to step back and have a look at that and learn from it.“It’s where the game is going in terms of making itself safer and making sure it’s played in the right way.”Farrell was speaking at the Six Nations launch in central London, where Steve Borthwick was appearing for the first time having been appointed England’s new head

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