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Farrell set to get all-clear

Saracens fly-half Owen Farrell is expected to be fit for Saturday's Aviva Premiership final against Northampton and England's subsequent tour of New Zealand.

Farrell, 22, tripped on a television wire ahead of last weekend's Heineken Cup final loss to Toulon but he will fly to New Zealand on Monday, as long as he comes through Saturday's big game unscathed.

Saracens rugby director Mark McCall said on Tuesday: "Owen's fine to play on Saturday.

"Owen didn't train today, but he's not the only one. You get to this stage of the season and you manage people in any event.

"For example, for the whole squad yesterday, it was a walk-through, rather than a proper training session.

"He clearly suffered a small sprained ankle, a slight ankle sprain, but Owen's fine and it's not a worry."

However, prop Mako Vunipola is waiting on the results of knee scans that will determine whether he can feature on Saturday and for England in their three-Test series against the All Blacks.

"Mako has had some scans," said McCall. "We expect news later in the week."

Borthwick key man

But Farrell is definitely expected to line up on Saturday, as is captain Steve Borthwick, who overcame shoulder trouble to start against Toulon and will play his final game for Sarries this weekend before retiring to assume a full-time coaching role with Japan.

"Of course it's good news that Owen's fit, he's playing well," said McCall.

"That was the worst possible thing that could have happened, 10 minutes before the start of the Heineken Cup final.

"He came into the changing room and his ankle had swollen straight away. It was big, and that's not ideal.

"But it kind of shows you his strength of character that he gets on with it and he plays OK.

"I thought he played well in the game, so it didn't affect his performance.

"It's been huge for us that that Steve was passed fit last week too.

"Steve's led the team for six seasons. He's been integral to everything that's happened at the club and the progress we've made.

"But, just on a pure playing side, he just brings such confidence to the playing group, that's the key thing.

"He can definitely lift us again for the weekend, of course he can."