- IRB young player of the year will make debut this weekend
- Ford joins up with elder brother Joe
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Leeds Carnegie have confirmed the signing of England U20 international George Ford on loan from Leicester Tigers.
The 18 year old joins the club with immediate effect and is set to make his first appearance for Leeds Carnegie in their New Year’s Day game against London Scottish, alongside his elder brother, Joe.
Ford, who is the current IRB Young Player of the Year, will be available to play for Leeds Carnegie up until the start of the Under 20’s Six Nations which begins in February, when he will represent England. Following the tournament the loan arrangement will be reviewed by Leeds Carnegie and Leicester Tigers, with an intention for Ford to return to Headingley Carnegie for the remainder of the season.
Ford became the youngest player to take part in a professional match when he made his debut against Leeds Carnegie in the LV= Cup in 2009, when he was just 16 years and 237 days. That year he was also the only player in a team sport to be shortlisted for the 2009 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award.
He was the England Under-18 captain in the 2009-10 season and joined the Under-20 squad in 2010-11 and started every game in the 6 Nations Grand Slam win, contributing 76 points on the way. He then helped England to the World Juniors final in Italy this summer, where he was coached by current Leeds Carnegie Head Coach, Diccon Edwards.
Commenting on the new signing, Edwards said, "I worked with George in the England U20s and he is a player with great leadership skills as well as exceptional tactical and technical abilities. At only 18 years old he has shown all the qualities which I am confident will make him an excellent addition to our squad.
"He fully deserved to be named the IRB Junior Player of the Year after his dominant performances for England in the Junior World Championships in Italy. He will be one of our pivots and will play at 10 or 12 and will add direction and influence in the backs. He has a good work ethic and is a great trainer and I believe he will continue to set high standards and inspire our squad as we head into the Play Offs."