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Bath fly-half George Ford dismisses Toulon link to focus on England

Published 09/11/2016

Englanf fly-half George Ford was linked with a move to Toulon last week
Englanf fly-half George Ford was linked with a move to Toulon last week

Bath fly-half George Ford has revealed his desire to continue playing for England by insisting he has no intention of linking up with his father at Toulon.

The 23-year-old was last week reportedly attracting the interest of the Top-14 side, whose ambitious and wealthy owner Mourad Boudjellal recently appointed Ford's dad Mike as coach.

That led to England head coach Eddie Jones giving an ultimatum to his players, stating he would only select squad members based in this country, which is the same policy that saw Steffon Armitage left out in the cold during Stuart Lancaster's regime.

But Ford revealed he is not interest in making an immediate move to France, telling the Daily Telegraph: "I don't know what was going on there last week to be honest.

"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 has not totally ruled out playing in France in the future, though.

"I think it would be a great life experience playing somewhere like France," Ford added.

"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."

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