Thursday, 2 June 2016

What's the score George Ford #2 ?

Before I go any further, let's get one thing straight. I'm a big fan of George Ford.

In terms of his passing skills and ability to get a backline moving he's right up there - the heir apparent to Charlie Hodgson if you will.

Much like Hodgson did, however, Ford suffers from a lack of physical stature, occasional defensive vulnerability, inconsistent goal kicking and, at times, a lack of confidence - all criticisms that do not apply to rival and "test match animal" Owen Farrell.

So, while Hodgson suffered by comparison to the incomparable Jonny Wilkinson, so Ford has to overcome the far more consistent, steady and (importantly) in-form Farrell to make the English starting XV.

Eddie Jones has been making all the right noises re Ford (especially with regard to the disgraceful booing of the player at Twickenham on Sunday) but it can't be easy to ignore his lack of form since the World Cup.

Ford's cause is hardly helped by dad Mike, who has blamed his son's woeful kicking display on Sunday against Wales on his own recent sacking by Bath. There's nothing wrong with George being close to his dad, of course, but it's probably about time that Ford Snr loosened the apron strings and kept his nose firmly out of his son's career if it is to flourish at it should.

As I keep saying, this isn't the Under 13s.

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