Mike Ford (rugby)

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Mike A. Ford
Personal information
Born (1965-11-18) 18 November 1965 (age 49)
Oldham, Great Britain
Playing information
Position Scrum-half/Halfback
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1983–87 Wigan 85 24 0 3 99
1987–91 Oldham Roughyeds 115 30 1 8 130
1991–94 Castleford 116 51 0 2 206
1995 South Queensland 15 3 0 0 12
1995–96 Warrington 18 4 1 1 19
1997–98 Castleford 47 6 0 6 30
1999 Bramley
2000–01 Oldham
Total 396 118 2 20 496
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1992 England 1 0 0 0 0
1993 Great Britain 2 2 0 0 8
Source: RLP

Mike A. Ford (born 18 November 1965) born in Oldham, Lancashire, 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. He attended Saddleworth School from 1976-1981

Playing career[edit]

Ford played rugby league as a Scrum-half/Halfback, playing for Wigan, Leigh, Oldham (twice), Sydney Roosters, Castleford (twice), South Queensland Crushers, Warrington, Wakefield Trinity (Heritage #1097), and Bramley. 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.[1]

Ford played Scrum-half/Halfback in Castleford Tigers' 33-2 victory over Wigan in the 1993–94 Regal Trophy final at Headingley Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 22 January 1994.[2]

Ford is a Castleford Tigers Hall Of Fame Inductee.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

In 1999, Ford joined Bramley as a player-coach,[4] and joined Oldham in a similar role a year later. He retired from playing in 2001 after guiding Oldham 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.[5] The England playing record with Ford as defence coach is;[6]

  • 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

Deciding not to seek a renewal of his contract,[7] he joined the coaching staff at Bath Rugby.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1985 Tour Match: Wigan 14 New Zealand 8". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Wigan 2 - 33 Castleford". thecastlefordtigers.co.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Hall of Fame at castigers.com". castigers. 31 December 2008. Retrieved 1 January 2009. 
  4. ^ Hadfield, Dave (4 November 1998). "Rugby League: Broncos install Stains as coach". The Independent. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "The Telegraph, 26 Oct 2007". Telegraph. 26 October 2007. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Scrum.com, 11 Jun 2006 -to- 8 Oct 2011". Espn Scrum.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "BBC Sport, 21 Dec 2011". BBC. 21 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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