Last week, Sport-locker.net talked exclusively to Saracens stars Owen Farrell and Andy Saull at the launch of the NIKEiD limited edition Hyperfuse trainers at Nike Town, London.
Q: How much do you enjoy promotional events such as this one with Nike?
Andy Saull: I really enjoy them. It’s a good chance to rub shoulders with other players and the brand and it is good to mix sport and fashion and get a good mix of cultures.
Owen Farrell: It is good to meet different people and get involved with events like this one with fashion and music. I think it is a great event to be at.
Q: How important is having a big sports brand sponsorship like Nike behind you?
AS: It is great because Nike is one of the leading brands in the world. I’m a young man and I like going out and fashion and looking good going to and from training. The t-shirts and some of the trainers especially are awesome.
OF: I have just switched from Nike CTR 360 Maestri to Nike Tiempo Legend and I think they are superb. I am going to stick with them for a while now. They are quite funky too with the bright orange laces.
AS: I have worn the CTR’s for two seasons now. I like the split colourways and in terms of comfort they are great especially doing training day to day. I always feel comfortable in them and have never had any problems with my feet.
Q: Do you get to choose your boots or is it something Nike will decide for you?
OF: I got sent the CTR’s but this season I wanted to try the Legends. It is always our choice and comes down to whatever we feel most comfortable in.
Q: How have your preparations gone for this season?
OF: We had our first game last week which we were very disappointed to lose but we have prepared well during the summer and put a lot of hard work in.
We feel good as a group and while it was disappointing to lose against Wasps the good thing is that we have got a chance to put it right next week in the next game.
We realise what we did wrong and they weren’t big things so it is just a case of tweaking and sticking to our core principles. I’m really looking forward to the game next week.
AS: We have made the final in the last two seasons and we go into this season with all the same principles and rugby philosophies in place so there is no reason why we can’t push for a top four place and try and do a bit better in Europe. Obviously the ambition is to win every competition that we play in. We have got a strong enough squad to compete strongly in both domestic and European competition.
Q: Will you be keeping a close eye on the Rugby World Cup?
OF: Yes. I love watching rugby as well as playing it. I have got a lot of time for the national team and hope they can do well in the World Cup.
Q: Who do you think will win the 2011 Rugby World Cup?
AS: It is difficult to call. Australia recently beat New Zealand, New Zealand beat England and England have beaten Australia so I am really not sure. It will come down to the better team on the day.
OF: I agree that it is too difficult to call. It is a long tournament and there are plenty of matches for teams to slip up or lay down a strong marker.
Q: Neither of you are involved this time but have you got your sights set on making the World Cup team in four years?
AS: It is a massive aim for me. Hopefully after this World Cup they might be looking to bring through the next generation. We are both still young and it is important to concentrate on every game and play well every single week.
It is always in the back of your mind that if you play well consistently there is a chance of breaking into the international squad and going on from there.
OF: We are always concentrating on our club on a week by week basis and anything else is a bonus but it is important to always play to the best of your ability and hopefully that will be enough to get international recognition.
Andy Saull and Owen Farrell were speaking to Sport-locker.net at Nike Town London at an iD event to celebrate Nike’s special edition Hyperfuse trainers and England Rugby.