England Fly-Half George Ford Linked with Shock Code Switch - Ruck

England Fly-Half George Ford Linked with Shock Code Switch

Mike Ford, father of England fly-half George Ford, is eagerly anticipating the possibility of his son switching codes, envisioning a dynamic reunion on the field.

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Having previously coached George at Bath Rugby, Mike Ford would love to link up with his son once again, this time in rugby league.

Currently, as managing director of Oldham Rugby League Club, he has led a transformative period for the team.

In a recent interview with Planet Rugby, Mike Ford shared his hopes: “I’m hoping that when he is 35 or 36, he decides he has one more challenge in him. He comes back to the league and plays for Oldham.”

George Ford of England after winning during the Six Nations Match between England and Wales at Twickenham, London on 10 February 2024 (Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)

George Ford himself has shown interest in trying out rugby league, expressing his desire for more involvement in the game.

In an interview with The Sun, the 31-year-old stated, “I’d love to have a crack at rugby league. My involvement would be a lot more and that’s all you want. You want the ball in your hand, so I’d love to give it a go.”

While George remains committed to achieving more milestones in rugby union, he acknowledges his curiosity for rugby league, admiring the physical demands of the sport. “I’d like to have a crack in the halves one day. I’m not saying I’d be any good but I’d enjoy it,” he remarked.

With both father and son sharing this vision, the potential for George Ford to enter the rugby league arena remains an exciting possibility for the future.

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