George Ford Comments On Possibly Joining His Father At Toulon
England and Bath playmaker George Ford reaffirmed that he has no intention of joining his father at Toulon.
The outhalf did however leave the door open, suggesting it’s something he would consider in his career further down the line.
Reports surfaced in the French press last week linking Ford with a move to Toulon where his father, Mike, has recently appointed head coach. Ford has come out to sqaush those reports however as he wants to continue to play for England.
I don’t know what was going on there last week to be honest,” Ford said.
“It was news to me anyway. I’ve never met Mourad. Obviously my dad’s there but I want to play for England so I want to play in England.
After it all came out I had a quick chat with Eddie and said: ‘I don’t know where all that’s come from’. It escalated a little bit but none of it is true and I just want to crack on basically.
“I’ve not met the guy but he’s very ambitious and tries to build a squad with some world-class players there. You hear names every week who Toulon are trying to sign. They haven’t got a bad squad as it is – I don’t know why they need to sign anyone else. But hopefully they’ll sign a few for my dad’s sake.”
Ford does concede however that he his open to following in the footsteps of England legend Johnny Wilkinson, who finished his career in the Top 14 with French giants Toulon
“I think it would be a great life experience playing somewhere like France,” Ford said.
“It is a different way of playing and living – you’d probably see the sun and the beach a lot more. I suppose it’s something quite a lot of the lads have done and probably will do. I’ll see where I am in a few years’ time.”
Next up for Ford and England is South Africa this weekend in a heavyweight test clash.