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George Ford dismisses Toulon move speculation

Bath fly-half George Ford has dismissed speculation linking him with a move to Toulon. Credit: PA Images

Bath fly-half George Ford has dismissed speculation linking him with a move away from the club to link-up with his former coach and father at Toulon.

Ford revealed his desire to continue playing in England, insisting he has no intention of leaving the country because it may affect his chance of playing for the national side.

The 23-year-old was last week reportedly attracting the interest of the Top-14 side, whose ambitious and wealthy owner Mourad Boudjellal recently appointed Ford's dad Mike as coach.

Ford revealed his desire to play for England means he won't be leaving the country any time soon. Credit: PA Images

England head coach Eddie Jones has given an ultimatum to his players ahead of the autumn internationals, stating he would only select squad members based in this country.

But Ford told the Daily Telegraph he is not interested in making an immediate move to France:

I don't know what was going on there last week to be honest. It was news to me anyway. I've never met Mourad. Obviously my dad's there but I want to play for England so I want to play in England.

After it all came out I had a quick chat with Eddie and said: 'I don't know where all that's come from'. It escalated a little bit but none of it is true and I just want to crack on basically.

I've not met the guy but he's very ambitious and tries to build a squad with some world-class players there. You hear names every week who Toulon are trying to sign.

They haven't got a bad squad as it is - I don't know why they need to sign anyone else. But hopefully they'll sign a few for my dad's sake."

– George Ford speaking to the Daily Telegraph
It means Ford will not be joining up with his father and former Bath coach Mike Ford at the French champions. Credit: PA Images

But Ford did not rule out a future move to France saying it would be a "great life experience" and a chance "to see the sun and the beach a lot more."