Monday, 7 January 2013

Bath coach Toby Booth denies that Leicester fly-half George Ford will be joining the club

Bath coaches, including his father Mike Ford, denied reports that 19-year-old George Ford, a candidate to be England’s fly-half at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, will leave Leicester at the end of the season to join Bath.

Toby Booth, first-team coach at Bath, dismissed speculation yesterday that the teenage outside-half, currently second choice at Leicester behind England’s regular outside half Toby Flood, was considering a move to the Bath Rugby Club.

“We are disappointed by the speculation out there today,” said Booth, who revealed that the club’s coaches had discussed the matter as a group ahead of Bath playing at Wasps’ home, Adams Park. “His father, Mike [Bath’s defensive head coach], should know and he hasn’t signed with us, he wants to stay at Leicester. And George is categoric about that. And that is direct from Mike.”

“George wants to fight it out with Toby Flood because this was a very important period for him in December and January, because he wanted to go head to head with Flood and try to prove himself at Leicester. That’s as far as we know, and I think it is well-documented that there are talks with him to try and renew his contract and as far as we know, he’ll be a Leicester player.

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