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PODCAST – IRB Young Player of the Year George Ford on the future

27 October 2011

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England Under 20 star George Ford collects the IRB Player of the Year award from former England wing Rory Underwood

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This week's podcast kicks off with an exclusive extended interview with rising star George Ford, the IRB Young Player of the Year.

The Leicester Tigers teenager this week became the first Englishman to win the award following his outstanding performance in this summer's IRB Junior World Championship when England were edged out by New Zealand in the final.

Reporter Russell Hargreaves met a remarkably grounded 18 year-old fly half at his home in Leicester and he enthused about the amount of talent coming through the age group ranks.

"You can from see the amount of players in the Premiership and challenging to get into the England set-up or the Saxons that there's massive talent out there," said Ford.

"We trained with the Saxons last year, the Under 20s, and it was a great session with lots of young lads out to express themselves and get better. The talent is better than ever."

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This week we also reflect on Lewis Moody's international retirement with Rugby Players Association CEO Damian Hopley and hear from Richie McCaw and Graham Henry in the afterglow of their World Cup final victory.

Henry heads for the northern hemisphere next month to coach the Barbarians against Australia at Twickenham on November 26.

England teams are back in action on opposite sides of the globe over the next five weeks.

England’s women are busy preparing for five matches over the next five weeks - two Tests in France followed by a three-match series against New Zealand. Richmond’s Amy Turner tells us about trading places on her return to the squad as a hooker after winning 51 caps as a scrum half.

England Sevens are putting the finishing touches to their preparations for the HSBC Sevens World Series which kicks off in Australia next month. Head coach Ben Ryan outlines his goals as the team head for next week's warm-up tournament in Spain.

Finally we catch up with Bristol full back Jack Tovey, whose try clinched a 35-33 win over London Welsh for the Championship table-toppers.