Ford: ‘We want to play good rugby’

Date published: October 28 2016

New Toulon head coach Mike Ford has vowed to bring back exciting, attacking rugby to the French giants.

Ford's first game in charge is against Grenoble on Saturday. The former Bath Director of Rugby took over the reigns from Diego Dominguez, who was sacked on Monday by owner Mourad Boudjellal.

Ford was recruited by Boudjellal a month ago to take charge of the backs but was promoted to head coach after Dominguez left.

"[With] the president, we spoke before I came and we both have the same philosophy of how the game should be played," Ford told Sky Sports.

"Simply, he (Boudjellal) employed me to get a game-plan in place: that is attacking rugby. The situation, with me now being in charge of the first team, has obviously accelerated because we want to play some good rugby."

Dominguez's sacking came as a surprise to the players.

"We were a bit surprised at the beginning of the week because we weren't expecting it at all," admitted hooker Guilhem Guirado.

"But then we concentrated on the (training) pitch and this match against Grenoble because that's the most important thing. We as players need to be good and most of all better than we were in our last match."

On announcing the dismissal of Dominguez, Boudjellal said: "I wasn't happy with what I was seeing. If I were a Toulon fan, I wouldn't feel like buying a ticket to come to the stadium."