Ford excited by Jones appointment


George Ford is relishing the prospect of playing under Eddie Jones after the new England head coach was given a glowing reference by the fly-half's Bath team-mates.

Jones was last week named as England's first boss from overseas after cutting short his brief stay with Super Rugby side Stormers.

Ford endured the frustration of losing his place in the England side in their miserable Rugby World Cup campaign, with Owen Farrell replacing him at number 10.

But the 22-year-old is excited by the opportunity to start afresh under the vastly experienced Jones.

"He obviously did a great job with Japan in the World Cup and he has a great CV which speaks for itself," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

"I've spoken to some team-mates who have worked under him, and they are all full of positive things, so I'm looking forward to it.

"Ultimately you've got to play as well as you can [at club level], and perform on the weekend."

Ford's father Mike, the Bath head coach, has also welcomed the appointment of Jones as Stuart Lancaster's successor.

"The more experience you have, the better coach you are," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

"He's been to a World Cup final with Australia, was a consultant when South Africa beat us in 2007, and he's done really well with Japan.

"He's coached in different continents, he's got loads of experience, so I think it's a good appointment."