April 26, 2018 / 3:57 AM / a year ago

Farrell would be 'brilliant' England captain, says Saracens' McCall

Rugby Union - Premiership - Saracens vs Bath Rugby - Allianz Park, London, Britain - April 15, 2018 Saracens' Owen Farrell breaks through to score a try Action Images/Tony O'Brien

(Reuters) - Owen Farrell would be the perfect pick to lead England during their tour of South Africa in June, Saracens’ director of rugby Mark McCall has said.

England captain Dylan Hartley has been ruled out of the tour due to concussion and Farrell is among the favourites to replace the 32-year-old as skipper.

“It is up to England whether he (Farrell) goes but I am certain he will go ...,” McCall told reporters.

“He will be a brilliant captain. He is ready to do that job and has the respect of everybody. He has a fantastic rugby mind but he is also brilliant at getting the best out of his team-mates. Both these things combined make him an ideal captain.”

Farrell has won 58 caps and captained the side during their Six Nations defeat by France in March.

Jones is expected to name his squad for the South Africa tour next month. The three-test series begins on June 9 in Johannesburg, moves to Bloemfontein the following week and concludes in Cape Town on June 23.

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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