CONFIRMED | Former Tiger Ford gets new coaching role - Ruck

CONFIRMED | Former Tiger Ford gets new coaching role

Former Leicester Tigers & Sale Sharks fly half Joe Ford will join Doncaster Knights as Backs Coach next season having agreed a two-year deal.

The 29-year-old enjoyed an impressive playing career which included six season in the top flight with spells at Northampton Saints, Sale Sharks & Leicester Tigers.

Ford left Welford Road in summer 2019 having scored 116 points from 23 appearances to join Yorkshire Carnegie in a dual player head-coach capacity but will now focus solely on coaching.

Incoming Director of Rugby Steve Boden believes Joe will bring a fresh energy to the coaching set up and is extremely pleased to secure his services. “I’ve known Joe for a while having coached him at Yorkshire Carnegie.

“Joe always had great ideas around how to make teams attack better and challenges his peers in a positive way.

“Joe is very current, having only recently retired from playing and will bring some fresh ideas with that.

“It might have been hard for the untrained eye to see but some of the coaching points visible in what was an obviously struggling side last year were very positive and credit to Joe’s coaching.

“I think this is a really positive move for us, it is an appointment in line with our ambition for next season – young, fresh and ambitious.”

5 lesser known players who are brothers of International rugby stars

Over the years, we have seen many brothers enjoy successful playing careers like Billy and Mako Vunipola, Dave and Rob Kearney, and even the Curry twins Ben and Tom.

Even though one of the brothers garnered more fame than the other in some cases, both siblings are still well known among avid rugby fans.

However, that is not always the case…

1. Joe Ford

Joe joined younger brother George in moving to Leicester Tigers in the summer of 2017. Although he is a regular member of Tigers’ match-day 23, it is England fly-half George who has been pulling the strings in the No.10 shirt. A terrific playmaker, but it’s hard for him to escape the shadow of his England regular younger brother.