Take a fresh look at your lifestyle.

England’s Owen Farrell is an alpha male and that could hamper Marcus Smith’s revolution

Since the day Marcus Smith showed up at training in his school uniform, I have watched him grow as a leader who really takes charge.

When Harlequins came into charge to win the Premiership title last season, Marcus was the man making the decisions.

We had this 21-year-old leading meetings in a room full of international players and it all felt completely natural.

Owen Farrell is expected to play out of Harlequins number 10 Marcus Smith for England

Owen Farrell is expected to play out of Harlequins number 10 Marcus Smith for England

He is the ringleader. The quarterback.

A genuine triple threat player with his ability to kick, pass and run.

There is no question that Eddie Jones will make him No. 10 this fall. The question is: who do you play outside of it?

My concern is that Owen Farrell might still want to make the decisions if he wears the number 12 jersey. You get the best of Marcus when he is given full control over the attack and it will only work if Owen can adapt to that.

Brown thinks Farrell might still want to make the decisions if he played at 12 outside of Smith

Brown thinks Farrell might still want to make the decisions if he played at 12 outside of Smith

Brown thinks Farrell might still want to make the decisions if he played at 12 outside of Smith

If there is a power struggle in the field, then you have a problem. I saw it first hand with Owen and Danny Cipriani on the 2018 South African tour.

Danny was playing fly-half, but Owen was still trying to make the calls from 12 and play his way. You can see his body language towards Danny in the television pictures. It just didn’t work.

Owen is an alpha male. That is what makes him such a good leader. He’s brilliant in team conversations, brilliant in bringing energy and brilliant in setting the tone on defense.

You always hear him through the referee’s mic because he’s the loudest guy on the field.

Harlequins prodigy Marcus Smith has been named to Eddie Jones' 34-man team

Harlequins prodigy Marcus Smith has been named to Eddie Jones' 34-man team

Harlequins prodigy Marcus Smith has been named to Eddie Jones’ 34-man team

His 10-12 combination worked with George Ford because George is a bit more reserved.

He doesn’t show a great deal of emotion with his steely demeanor, so it wasn’t a problem when Farrell wanted to be the dominant voice.

Marcus and George are completely different characters. Marcus wears his heart on his sleeve. Show your joy and your frustrations.

The old Harlequins management used to tell him what he could and couldn’t do. They said, ‘Run here, don’t run here, kick here, don’t kick here,’ and it didn’t work.

The Harlequins fly-half has been in excellent shape this season and could thrive for England

The Harlequins fly-half has been in excellent shape this season and could thrive for England

The Harlequins fly-half has been in excellent shape this season and could thrive for England

Like most of that team, Marcus did not enjoy his rugby and began to doubt himself. You play best when you have a smile on your face, you are empowered and you are making the decisions.

It is a waste of his instinctual abilities if you are only going to tell him to follow a series of instructions.

Owen is Eddie’s man and has a great reputation, which can be intimidating to a young man.

Marcus doesn’t need anyone in his pocket, screeching and telling him what he can and can’t do. Of course, you will make mistakes along the way, but learn fast. It is best when he plays on the spur of the moment and expresses himself.

Farrell's towering reputation could be intimidating even for a player like Smith

Farrell's towering reputation could be intimidating even for a player like Smith

Farrell’s towering reputation could be intimidating even for a player like Smith

I would like to see Manu Tuilagi and Henry Slade out of it.

They are all in good shape for their clubs and there would be a good balance of skills. But Eddie appointed Owen as captain this week so I hope it starts.

I just hope they give Marcus full autonomy and don’t clip his wings. It will be a step up in terms of game management at the test level and you will have to find a balance, but that area of ​​his game has developed a lot.

There are also other selection combinations to look at. It would be a big request to put two new faces on No. 9 and No. 10. Raffi Quirke looks like a real prospect, but for now Ben Youngs should start at scrum-half.

Brown thinks Manu Tuilagi would be a better option at No. 12 than Farrell

Brown thinks Manu Tuilagi would be a better option at No. 12 than Farrell

Brown thinks Manu Tuilagi would be a better option at No. 12 than Farrell

Ben has been a big part of Leicester’s resurgence and his experience will be invaluable. Marcus is great at bringing open men to the game and I’d love to see him combine with a back-three from Adam Radwan, Max Malins, and Freddie Steward.

There is some electrical operability in there and they could provide brilliant coverage in the background field. All three have started the season on a positive note and Eddie deserves credit for selecting fit players.

There is an opportunity for Alex Dombrandt and Callum Chick in jersey number 8. Alex is dangerous on the broad channels and already has a connection to Marcus – they are practically neighbors! – so you can give it a head start.

But Callum has started the season off brilliantly and if you wanted someone to pick hard lines of nine and ten then he is your man.

Exeter Chiefs star Henry Slade is another option for Eddie Jones at No. 12 out of Smith

Exeter Chiefs star Henry Slade is another option for Eddie Jones at No. 12 out of Smith

Exeter Chiefs star Henry Slade is another option for Eddie Jones at No. 12 out of Smith

I am very proud of what Marcus has accomplished. I loved my time playing with him. He’s tough, he challenges you, and he throws his body on tackles.

There is some real steel behind the smile and the boyband haircut. Even though he’s the biggest mummy’s kid and he still gets his mother to cut his hair!

Marcus is a real person and that helps as a number 10. He loves to bond and learn about the different cultures found on a rugby team.

His own origin is Filipino and he used to have rice and bacon for breakfast. That is probably one of the reasons for your high skin folds! You always saw him mingling with the Fijians and Argentines, drinking kava and mate.

Smith impressed in the summer for England and will once again receive the team keys

Smith impressed in the summer for England and will once again receive the team keys

Smith impressed in the summer for England and will once again receive the team keys

One piece of advice I would give you is to ignore the noise and the fanfare. Keep your feet on the ground and don’t get swayed by all the backups that come your way when people compare him to Jonny Wilkinson.

International rugby has had a bad press. It’s been pretty boring and Marcus can help change that.

PS: I was bummed to see Anthony Watson suffer another injury over the weekend. He’s exactly the type of attacking player England need and he would have been one of the starting wingers this fall. We wish him a speedy recovery.

.