Ford pushes Joseph for England

Date published: November 16 2014

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Bath head coach Mike Ford believes England should consider recalling centre Jonathan Joseph for the Test against Samoa.

Bath head coach Mike Ford believes England should consider recalling centre Jonathan Joseph for the Test against Samoa.

Joseph scored his sixth try in seven Premiership matches this season for Bath in Saturday’s win over Newcastle.

The pacy outside centre has been involved with England’s training but missed the final cut for the matchday squad over the last two weeks.

Ford highlighted how easy it was with England to be conservative in selection, but believes Joseph can offer something different.

“We played very well at Exeter last week but had no cutting edge,” said Ford.

“He has great feet, the ability to make a break and score tries.

“It’s just the way England look at things. In my time at England too, we were a bit conservative, picking teams not to lose as opposed to picking a team to win. But you’ve got to score points.”

Ford was delighted to get the win at The Rec, as Bath move into the top two.

“It was a good result – and an important one,” added Ford.

“Last year we were in the top four but never in the top two. After seven games now we are there and thereabouts with Northampton and Saracens. Luckily we’ve got no injuries this week. Matt Garvey has come back and got through it.”

Newcastle’s Dean Richards was left wondering what might have been, after the Falcons scored two tries away from home but missed a hatful of points off the boot.

“We wanted something out of the game. We didn’t get it – that’s the disappointing thing.”

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