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Statement: George Ford forced to pull out of England’s summer tour after ‘specialist medical advice’

It has been announced that fly-half George Ford will miss England’s summer tour matches against Japan and New Zealand following specialist medical advice.

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According to Mail Sport, the seasoned fly-half will not be traveling to the southern hemisphere due to an Achilles injury, which has been since confirmed by the RFU.

Ford’s absence opens up a significant opportunity for both Marcus Smith and Fin Smith, two of England’s most promising young talents, who will now compete to be Borthwick’s first-choice No 10 for the tour.

George Ford of England speaks to Richard Wigglesworth, Coach of England during the Summer Nations Series Match between England and Wales at Twickenham, London on 12 Aug 2023 (Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)

England’s final squad for these matches will be announced tomorrow, and Ford will not be included.

“Naturally, we’re disappointed George won’t be with us in Japan and New Zealand,” said Borthwick.

“But following specialist medical advice and in consultation with George, we have determined this is the best course of action.”

“George is a vital part of the England team and a consummate professional. I know he will rehab diligently to ensure he returns to form as soon as possible.”

Ford linked with cross-code switch

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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Eddie Jones, Coach of Barbarians during the The Killik Cup Match between Barbarians and World XV at Twickenham Stadium on 28 May 2023. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK