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Bath time beats post-World Cup sulk for England's George Ford

George Ford will seek to overcome his disappointment over England's World Cup demise by throwing himself into the start of Bath's Aviva Premiership title challenge.

Stuart Lancaster's players will return to their clubs on Monday once a failed group campaign has concluded against Uruguay at Manchester City Stadium.

Ford has been restored at fly-half for the clash with the tournament's weakest team after being dropped for the defeats to Wales and Australia that sealed England's fate.

"Every individual will want to do it a little bit different," Ford said.

"I'm going to go straight back in - I think most of the other Bath boys are as well - just mainly because I want to carry on playing rugby.

"If I got away from it for a week, all I'd probably do is sulk anyway. I'll crack on and go back training every day and hopefully get a good start to the season with Bath.

"Hopefully they will manufacture a way for us to have a break for us in the schedule later on so we can freshen up.

"I love being with England but I love going back to the club too. Everyone enjoys the upbeat environment there and loves the way we play."

England have offered a glimpse of their future against the South Americans by selecting a midfield trio of Ford, Owen Farrell and Henry Slade.

Ford and Farrell have been competing for the role of chief conductor for the past two years and will start alongside each other for the first time since last autumn, reprising a partnership that was present for the Red Rose at age grade.

"We're going to go out there and try to play as well as we can. We've played together through age-group stuff and it worked brilliantly then," Ford said.

"We both understand the game, we're both obsessed with the game and I think to have another organiser - with Slade and Alex Goode out there as well - will be really good for us in terms of the way we want to play.

"We'll try to put the best show on we can as individuals but more importantly as a team to try to get the best result we can. Anything beyond that is out of our control."

Ford is adamant this England team are capable of winning silverware.

"Definitely we'll get it right in the future. This is a great bunch of lads," Ford said.

"You don't want too many experiences like this but from a young player's point of view you can do nothing but learn from these experiences you go through.

"They're not nice at the time but hopefully we'll look back on it in four years' time thinking we learned a hell of a lot there and come out of it as better people and better players.

"That's the big thing for us now - to learn from it, take it on the chin, front up to it, be honest and not dress it up in any other way but come out of it as better people and better players."


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