CONFIRMED: Mike Ford is back in the Premiership - Ruck

CONFIRMED: Mike Ford is back in the Premiership

Former England and Ireland coach Mike Ford is set to join the Leicester Tigers coaching team as they bid to avoid relegation from the Premiership, according to the Mail Online.

Ford will be a senior coach at Welford Road, initially on a deal until the end of the season.

Leicester are 10th in the table, five points above bottom-placed Newcastle Falcons with five matches to go.

The Tigers host Exeter Chiefs next Saturday before a potentially crucial trip to face Newcastle on 12 April.

A former rugby league international, Ford has had spells as defence coach with both the England and Ireland rugby union sides, as well as head coach roles at Saracens, Newcastle, Bath and French club Toulon.