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England rugby: Owen Farrell to play his 100th test against Australia after the Lions’ ruling

England captain Owen Farrell will play his 100th Test this Saturday against Australia, after the British and Irish Lions strangely decided that their June international match against Japan was NOT an official Test match.

  • The Lions faced Japan in June in a game to prepare for their tour of South Africa.
  • However, it has been necessary so far for the Lions board to rule on the official status of the game.
  • Going forward, only Lions games against host unions will receive Test status
  • It means Owen Farrell is at 99 caps and will hit 100 on Saturday.


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The Lions have decided that their international game against Japan this summer was not a test match, meaning that Owen Farrell will play his 100th test this Saturday against Australia.

The game, played in Murrayfield, kicked off the South African tour in their homeland on June 26, but it took the Lions board until November to decide on the status of the game.

Finally, they have said that from now on only games against the host unions will receive Test status, a controversial decision as the board granted Test status to their 2005 game in Cardiff against Argentina.

Owen Farrell will play his 100th test this Saturday against Australia after the Lions' failure

Owen Farrell will play his 100th test this Saturday against Australia after the Lions’ failure

The Lions board has decided that the game against Japan in June has no probationary status.

The Lions board has decided that the game against Japan in June has no probationary status.

The Lions board has decided that the game against Japan in June has no probationary status.

It means Farrell will play his 100th international game (England’s 94th Test) this Saturday against Australia at Twickenham.

A statement from the Lions read: ‘The British and Irish Lions Board can confirm that the Vodafone Lions 1888 Cup, this year’s home game between the Lions and Japan prior to the Tour at BT Murrayfield on June 26, 2021, will not It is a test match for the Lions.

The Lions v Japan match, which took place before the 2021 Tour to South Africa, has been classified as an international match.

‘The match has been recorded in the appearance record of all the players who were involved in the game and each new Lion who played in this match has been limited and awarded a number of Lions.

Farrell will play his 100th international match (94th England Test) this Saturday against Australia

Farrell will play his 100th international match (94th England Test) this Saturday against Australia

Farrell will play his 100th international match (94th England Test) this Saturday against Australia

“To clarify, the criteria going forward will be that Lions Trial status will only be awarded to those matches played against the national representative team of the host Union (except in exceptional circumstances, to be determined by the Board at the appropriate time ) “.

Farrell returns to the England team this Saturday at Twickenham after missing last week’s win against Tonga following a false positive Covid test.

He will play inside center for his 100th game, with Marcus Smith starting as an elevated middle for Eddie Jones’ men.

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