Batty full of praise for George Ford

Date published: September 29 2016

Bath hooker Ross Batty believes fly-half George Ford has played a big part in their good start to the season.

Bath started the Premiership season with three wins in a row but lost their previous game away against Leicester. Before that defeat they had achieved victories over Northampton Saints, Newcastle Faclons and Worcester Warriors and Batty says a big part of their success has been due to Ford pulling the strings at number 10.

"George has been absolutely outstanding, he’s definitely the one who organises the game, he tells you where he wants you, you need that from a fly-half and his kicking is second to none," Batty said speaking at the launch of this year’s Aviva Community Fund alongside team-mates Matt Banahan and Charlie Ewels.

"When you get your head up from a set piece and you’re going 40 or 50 yards upfield you have a smile on your face. A number 10 needs to be able to understand the game and direct play, everything runs through your fly-half, I think he has more than enough to do that at international level."

The Aviva Community Fund is a nationwide initiative that lends a helping hand to local communities by offering support and funding for inspirational local causes, clubs and projects.

It has already benefited over 320,000 people, through 431 winning projects across the UK, and this year, local grassroots sports clubs can apply or reapply for funding in a new, sport-specific category.