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George's call justified - Ford

10th January 2014 17:09


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Gamble: George Ford

Bath head coach Mike Ford believes that son George's England call-up justifies his move from Leicester Tigers last season.

Ford left Leicester in order to gain more game time as he was stuck in the pecking order behind Toby Flood at Welford Road.

Flood is now leaving Leicester to move to France next season, paving the way for Ford's promotion into the Senior Elite Player Squad on the back of some impressive form.

The 20-year-old is the top points scorer in the Aviva Premiership with 142 as Bath have climbed to third.

"He's justified the decision by getting into the squad," Mike Ford told the BBC.

"Last year George took a great leap to leave Leicester Tigers, the champion club, to come and prove himself, to make things happen for himself.

"That was a massive decision for a guy so young.

"Two or three years ago, when he was named World Junior Player of the Year, most of that team he was part of have gone on to get senior caps and he is one of the last ones.

"Now that he is in the squad, it's a great advert of a young kid making something happen rather than waiting for it to happen."

Ford also stated that Anthony Watson, another England call up, had a brilliant opportunity to show his talent on the biggest stage.

"What he has to show is that he has the composure, character and mental attributes to perform at Test level and the only way to find out is to throw the kid in now," added Ford.

"He has all the talent to do that, it's whether he can cope under that pressure."

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