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.”
LIST | 4 rugby league stars who flopped for England
They were built up to be international stars after switching to rugby union, but it simply didn’t work out long-term…
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.