Farrell says simplicity is key to success

Liam Farrell believes the key to Four Nations success rests in keeping it simple.
Liam Farrell spoke to the media at Anfield yesterdayLiam Farrell spoke to the media at Anfield yesterday
Liam Farrell spoke to the media at Anfield yesterday

The forward says new coach Wayne Bennett, who succeeded Steve McNamara as England coach, has put a huge emphasis on mastering the basics, rather than developing elaborate plays.

Farrell said: “More than anything, he’s simplified things.

“He wants the little things done to the best standard we can. If we do that, we are going to give ourselves a chance.

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“If you look at what the Australians do, they complete well, they kick well, it sounds like basics and it is - but it goes a long way.

“That’s what we need to do to get up to the next level and compete for silverware against the Aussies.”

England launch their campaign against New Zealand this Saturday in front of a sold-out John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield.

Defeat would place their chances of reaching the final under serious threat.

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“We have to realise that to win anything, we have to give up a few things, and sacrifice a few things – train to the best, look after ourselves and do all we can,” said Farrell, one of four Wigan players in the squad along with George Williams, John Bateman and Dan Sarginson.

“It will take everything we’ve got to beat them.”

Farrell, 26, was yesterday at Anfield for the official launch of the tournament.

Coaches, captains and key players from Scotland, Australia and New Zealand were also at the home of Liverpool FC, which is the venue for the Four Nations final.

The Wigan players were rested for England’s 40-6 Test win against France in Avignon on Saturday.

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With Bateman now available and captain Sam Burgess – back from suspension – likely to play at No.13, Farrell knows there is no guarantee he will have a place in the side.

Canberra second-row Elliot Whitehead is in the squad, with Mike Cooper also able to play in that position.

“If I’m selected I’ll be really chuffed, and hopefully I am – I’ll be disappointed if I miss out,” said Farrell, man of the match in the Super League Grand Final.

“All the players who miss out will be quality starters for Super League and NRL teams, but that’s the way it is and that’s the way we want it to be.”