Mike Ford expresses desire to re-sign his son George Ford following new appointment - Ruck

Mike Ford expresses desire to re-sign his son George Ford following new appointment

Mike Ford, father of England fly-half George Ford, is eagerly anticipating a potential code switch for his son, envisioning a dynamic reunion on the field in the future.

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Having previously guided George during his stint as Bath Rugby head coach, Mike harbors a profound desire for a collaborative return to rugby, this time in the league format.

Currently at the helm of Oldham Rugby League Club as managing director, Ford Senior has spearheaded a transformative period for the team.

Expressing his aspirations, Mike shared with Planet Rugby, “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 himself has expressed a keen interest in exploring rugby league, emphasizing his desire for more involvement in the game.

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

While committed to achieving further milestones in union, George acknowledges his curiosity for rugby league, citing admiration for 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 a vision for a potential crossover, the prospect of George Ford gracing the rugby league arena remains an enticing possibility for the future.

In 2021, Will Greenwood predicted the Lions team for 2025 – it looks interesting now

Greenwood proposed Gregor Townsend as head coach, supported by Ronan O’Gara and Steve Borthwick. Despite offensive struggles against the Springboks, Greenwood trusts in Townsend’s ability to ignite the team’s attacking prowess.

Greenwood shared his thoughts, saying, “The 2021 tour was captivating, but now it’s time to focus on 2025 and the young talents who could shine in Australia.”

Below we revisit the team he picked following the 2021 tour.

Hugo Keenan (Ireland) Greenwood praises Keenan’s potential, foreseeing growth in wisdom and composure over the next four years, establishing him as a premier European full-back. “I love Keenan,” Greenwood remarks. “After another four years of Irish rugby, he will be wiser and more composed; the leading European full-back.”

Louis Rees-Zammit (Wales) Despite limited opportunities in South Africa, Greenwood sees Rees-Zammit’s electric pace as a game-changing asset, honed through standout performances for Gloucester and Wales. “In the short periods he did feature, you could tell there was a star in the making,” Greenwood notes.

Louis Rees-Zammit of Gloucester Rugby during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Match between Gloucester Rugby and Harlequins at Kingsholm on 17 February. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

Garry Ringrose (Ireland) Highlighted for his innate class and defensive prowess, Ringrose aims to seize his last chance at Lions selection in 2025 after enduring injuries and fluctuating form. “He is an inherent class act who defends astutely and runs devilish angles,” Greenwood observes.

Cameron Redpath (Scotland) Expected to return to top form post-injury, Redpath’s standout performances for Scotland mark him as a potential key figure in the midfield. “I expect him to return to that sort of form when he returns to full fitness,” Greenwood predicts.