Leicester Tigers issue firm defence of George and Mike Fordfollowing Sam Burgess rant
Leicester Tigers boss Geordan Murphy has defended George and Mike Ford after Sam Burgess’ controversial comments about the father and son.
Cross-code flop Burgess caused a stir after an explosive interview he gave on the House of Rugby podcast earlier this week.
“It is really strange and it has come at a strange time to be dragging things up from five years ago,” the 42-year-old told Leicester Tigers TV.
“I have known Mike Ford for a very long time, I’ve known George Ford for a very long time. Mike coached me when I was an Ireland player. He has been through the world of rugby. He is incredibly experienced. He has been great for me in my role, in his support of me.
“And George as well has been incredible for Leicester throughout his entire career. He has got a hell of an amount of caps, he is renowned as being an unbelievable team man. So to have bits and pieces dragged up is slightly confusing.
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“I’m certainly very confident that both of those guys are very, very well received at Leicester and they are doing a great job. So it’s not really for me to comment on that any more than for me to say that I’m very happy with the two Fords.
“People always have opinions and that’s life. For whatever reason people say different things and we are just very happy to have both of the guys, we are very confident that they add to our environment.
“As I said, Mike has been great for me personally and a great support over the last couple of seasons and longer. I have known both guys a long time and they are both good human beings.”
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