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England star George Ford on the radar of French clubs after being eliminated from autumn international matches

NIK SIMON: George Ford on the radar of French clubs after being eliminated by Eddie Jones for England’s fall international matches

  • George Ford was left out of the England team for the Fall Internationals
  • Fly-half is under contract with Leicester until the World Cup in 2023
  • Harlequins team principal Graeme Bowerbank stunned the Premiership
  • England players will not have to wear a mask while on duty during the Fall Series


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French clubs are circling George Ford after the No. 10 was dropped out of Eddie Jones’ England squad.

Ford has a contract with Leicester until the World Cup, but could activate a clause to go early to a foreign club.

The fly-half could have a huge contract outside of the Premiership, with Montpellier among the interested clubs, but it would mean sacrificing his ambitions to play for his country.

George Ford (right) has been left out of the England team for the Fall Series.

George Ford (right) has been left out of the England team for the Fall Series.

Jones has selected Marcus Smith for the fall campaign, leaving Ford with some interesting options for the future, although he should still think about his chances of recovering a test.

Montpellier rugby director Philippe Saint-Andre said: ‘Handre Pollard’s contract ends at the end of the season and we have not made any decisions yet, so we are looking into the fly-halves market. We know that George Ford could be available on contract. He is a good footballer and a good game manager with a lot of experience.

However, he could come back for England and Leicester is at the top of the table so we’ll see. There are also some halves of French flies on the market and we will analyze all the options.

TEAM LEADER AT A SHOCK STOP START

Harlequins team manager Graeme Bowerbank has left the club to surprise.

Bowerbank is one of the club’s longest-serving staff members, but the Premiership champions declined to comment on the reasons behind his mysterious departure. Andy Sanger, the player development manager, is filling the position on a temporary basis.

Bowerbank has overseen team logistics for Quins, such as hotel reservations and Covid compliance, under the training reins of Conor O’Shea, John Kingston, Paul Gustard, Billy Millard, and Tabai Matson.

He joined the Stoop club in 2010 from the FA, where he served as director of operations for the England teams with Roy Hodgson and Fabio Capello.

ENGLAND PLAYERS EXEMPT FROM WEARING MASKS

England players won’t have to socially distance themselves or wear masks at camp during the Fall Nations Series because the team is above the 85 percent vaccination target.

Covid’s measures will be more relaxed than the Six Nations campaign, with two windows in which players can return home during the series. Strict testing protocols will be maintained.

DIAMOND RETURN

Steve Diamond’s vacation in Dubai hasn’t been interrupted by an SOS to help the Bath coaching team, but the former Sale boss is ready to return to rugby.

Diamond left his position at Sale in January and has been working with US investors looking to enter the rugby market.

When asked if he’s ready to go back to work, Diamond said, ‘I fucking am! I’ve been away for the right amount of time. ‘

Former Sale boss Steve Diamond is ready to return to rugby after taking time out

Former Sale boss Steve Diamond is ready to return to rugby after taking time out

Former Sale boss Steve Diamond is ready to return to rugby after taking time out

EDDIE JONES ‘BEST WISHES FOR TONGA’S COACH

England manager Eddie Jones exchanged text messages with Tonga manager Toutai Kefu following a machete attack. Still recovering from injuries, Kefu will not travel for next month’s game at Twickenham.

Jones said: ‘He seems to be in a very good mood. They are always struggling with the availability of the players and it is always difficult to organize. ”

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