Mike Ford (rugby)
18 November 1965 |
Oldham, Great Britain
|–11 Apr 1997||Warrington|
|11 Apr 1997–98||Castleford||47||6||0||6||30|
Mike A. Ford (born 18 November 1965) is an English former rugby league player and current rugby union coach, the current Head Coach at Bath Rugby. Two of his sons currently play rugby union: George plays for Bath Rugby; Joe for Sale Sharks.
Born in Oldham, Lancashire, Ford played rugby league as a Scrum-half/Halfback, playing for Wigan, Leigh, Warrington, Castleford, South Queensland Crushers and Oldham. He won 10 caps for Great Britain.
Ford played Scrum-half/Halfback in Wigan's 14-8 victory over New Zealand in the 1985 New Zealand rugby league tour of Great Britain and France match at Central Park, Wigan on Sunday 6 October 1985.
He retired in 2001 as player-coach of Oldham RLFC after guiding them to the championship Grand Final. Whilst at Oldham, he started coaching rugby union at Dukinfield RUFC for 5 seasons winning a cup and two promotions. He left Oldham RLFC to take over as Defensive Co-ordinator of Ireland in January 2002 and stayed for 4 seasons winning a triple crown and guiding Ireland to 3rd in the world rankings. In September 2004 he started working as a defence and skills coach at Saracens F.C., before taking over as head coach in August 2005.
He served as a defence coach for the midweek team on the 2005 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand, remaining undefeated from 7 games (the test side lost the series lost 3-0) and left his position with Ireland in September 2005.
In May 2006 he became defence coach of the England national rugby union team, part of the coaching team that guided England to the 2007 RWC Final. The England playing record with Ford as defence coach is;
- Played 68, Won 34, Lost 33, Drawn 1,
- Against 3N, Played 22, Won 4, Lost 18
- Least points conceded in 2009 Six Nations (70) and least tries conceded in the 2010 Six Nations (5), Least tries conceded in the pool stages of the 2011RWC
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- "Wigan 2 - 33 Castleford". thecastlefordtigers.co.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
- "Hall of Fame at castigers.com". castigers. 31 December 2008. Retrieved 1 January 2009.
- "The Telegraph, 26 Oct 2007". Telegraph. 26 October 2007. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
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- "BBC Sport, 21 Dec 2011". BBC. 21 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
- England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk
- Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk
- Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org
- Profile at thecastlefordtigers
- England RU profile