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10 things you need to know about George Ford

10 things you need to know about George Ford

 

He’s a Premiership winner

The 28-year-old won the Premiership in 2013 with Leicester Tigers, as well as the Anglo-Welsh Cup with the side in 2012.

 

He’s a local lad

Ford was born in Oldham just down the road from Sale and went to Rishworth School.

 

He nearly played rugby league

The son of league legend and former Bath coach Mike Ford, George played league himself from the age of 5 before switching to union aged 11.

 

He lived on the same street as Owen Farrell

Ford and Farrell went to school together and used to practice in the cul-de-sac where they lived!

 

His brother played for Sale for three years

Joe played spent three seasons at Sale from 2013-16 and is also a fly-half!

 

He made his England U18s debut aged 15

Ford was also named World Rugby Junior Player of the Year in 2011, the youngest ever to win the award and the first Englishman to do so.

 

He made his professional debut aged 16 – an English record

In 2009, Ford became the youngest union player to make their professional debut in England for Leicester Tigers. Aged 16 years and 237 days, Ford broke the record previously held by Owen Farrell and ran out against brother Joe who was starting for Leeds Tykes!

 

He made his England debut in 2014 

Ford has since won four Six Nations Championships, started in the 2019 World Cup Final, and scored 310 points in 77 appearances.

 

He’s scored more Premiership points that Owen Farrell and Jonny Wilkinson

Ford has scored 1532 points to Farrell’s 1423 and Wilkinson’s 1489. Only Harlequins legend Nick Evans reached 1500 points in fewer games.

 

He’s in the form of his life

Ford is the leading point scorer in the Premiership this season (107), and currently averaging 13.3 points per game – well on track for his best ever haul.

 

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