WATCH | Sam Burgess blasts Ford in ferocious interview

Former England internationalSam Burgess has called his then-Bath coach Mike Ford “a snake” in a tell all interview.

The now retired star accused Ford of using the rugby league convert as a “pawn” to play politics during England’s dire 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign.

“Mike Ford wanted the England coaching job,” Burgess told the House of Rugby podcast.

“I had to tell him I couldn’t play for him anymore. I’d lost respect for him.”

“With George, Mike kind of infiltrated the camp – that is my take on it,” added Burgess.

“After me starting against Wales, my relationship with George completely changed, he wouldn’t talk to me, he was a bit sulky.

“Knowing what I know now, I see the politics. George came on with 10 minutes to go to keep Mike and George happy. We didn’t need him on, we had the team to finish the game.”


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“I went back to Bath and I couldn’t sit in the same room as Mike. It was pretty hot to be honest,” said Burgess.

“I went straight into his office and said ‘Mike I don’t trust you, I think you have been playing games behind my back, you have used me as a bit of a pawn in your game of chess, I can’t put my boots on and play for you every week’.

“I will never forget his face when I said, ‘I can’t respect you, I think you are a bit of a snake.’ I remember the quiver that I got from him.”


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1. Sam Burgess

England, who fast-tracked Burgess into their World Cup squad in defiance of logic, Bath and the player himself each shoulder varying degrees of blame for arguably the greatest cross-code flop in history. We’re not saying he was an awful player, but the whole thing was a complete disaster.

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