In England's 19-12 RBS 6 Nations defeat to Wales on Saturday, Farrell was making his home debut but showed maturity beyond his years as he kicked four penalties.
It was not just Farrell making his Twickenham bow as captain Chris Robshaw, lock Geoff Parling, centre Brad Barritt, No.8 Ben Morgan and scrum-half Lee Dickson ran out at Rugby HQ in England colours for the time.
And with Stuart Lancaster's side delivering an encouraging performance despite their defeat, Tuilagi - who was making his first appearance of the Championship - insists Farrell can be the focal point for a new-look England side going forward.
"I was very impressed with Owen," said Tuilagi who is also 20. "He can definitely inspire the team the way Jonny [Wilkinson] did.
"The way he played, he controlled the ball really well, he kicked well. He's definitely the guy who can take us forward.
"For a young guy coming into the team to produce a performance like that is just what you want from your players. I'm really proud of him."
"The young players can definitely take us forward. For me, it doesn't really matter how old you are.
"Whether you have one or two caps, everyone has the same responsibility to play the game.
"Every time I go out there I do my best to help England. Unfortunately, we lost but I'm really proud of the boys."