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Getting to know England U20: George Ford

14 April 2011

  • England U20 and Leicester Tigers fly half on rugby and relaxing
  • Former England U18 skipper lifts lid on his international teammates

Rarely do young players generate as much excitement and anticipation as 18-year-old George Ford has done in his fledgling years.

The England U20 and Leicester Tigers fly half is fresh off the back of an U20 6 Nations Grand Slam and ended the tournament as top point’s scorer, amassing an impressive 76 points at an average of over 15 points per game.

But it isn’t all kicking practise and gym work, and RFU.com caught up with George to discover a little bit more about him as a person:

England U20 fly half George Ford runs with the ball against France

Photo: Whitefoot Images

How do you like to relax outside of the rugby bubble?
I like to play a bit of golf and just spend time with my family and friends.

Best and worst trainers in the England camp.
We all train pretty hard, but the best would probably be split between my Leicester teammates Matt Everard & Ryan Bower and Worcester Warriors flanker Matt Kvesic.

Where is your favourite holiday destination?
Probably Spain, always nice to get a bit of sunshine.

Cleverest player in the England squad?
Henry Thomas – he goes to Uni up in Manchester, so he must be quite bright.

Fondest childhood memory?
Watching my Dad play rugby is up there, as well as my very first rugby game.

Talk us through your ideal three course meal
Crispy aromatic duck for starter, a nice chicken dinner for main course and a hot chocolate fudge cake to round it all off.

Dream car: Audi R8

Photo: CarAdvice.com

If money was no object what car would you drive?
An Audi R8, they’re lovely cars.

You’re stuck on a desert island with one luxury item, what is it?
My iPhone.

What are your top three films of all time?
Gladiator, The Grinch and Any Given Sunday.

What is the furthest you have ever ran?
Seven miles. 

Who is the worst dressed member of the England U20 team?
Saracens full back Ben Ransom.

Owen Farrell playing for club side Saracens

Photo: Getty Images

Who dresses to impress?
Another Sarries player... Owen Farrell.

If you had a pet lion what would you call him?
George.

Sporting idol growing up?
St. Helens’ rugby league player Paul Sculthorpe.

Tell us something that no one knows about you.
I love wine gums.

Who has the best skills in the England camp?
Newcastle Falcons No. 8 Alex Gray.

Funny man: England U20 and Leicester Tigers prop Ryan Bower

Photo: Getty Images

Last time you laughed until you cried?
Just listening to Ryan Bower to be honest, he’s got some great chat. 

Which rugby club do you support and who is your favourite current player?
I support Leicester Tigers and I think that Ben Youngs is a great player.

Have you got a good joke?
What’s black and white and red all over? A newspaper.

Keep up-to-date with all the latest England Age Group news in our dedicated news section and you can follow George on Twitter, @George_Fordy.