George Ford drops in at brother’s club

  • England fly-half visits Yorkshire Two side
  • Old Rishworthians were preparing to face Ripon

Old Rishworthians players were stopped in their tracks when a newcomer turned up for training last month. 

Bath and England fly half George Ford dropped in at the club as they prepared for a crucial Yorkshire Two game at Ripon. His 18-year-old brother, Jacob, is currently playing full back with Rishworthians George joined him and the rest of the squad at training.

The England international was using some free time to call on Jacob and elder brother Joe, who plays fly half with Championship club Yorkshire Carnegie.

George also had a special gift for one of Rishworthians’ players and presented the club’s Fijian-born centre Taniela Bakoso with the shirt of Fiji fly half Josh Matavesi, having swapped shirts with him after England’s recent 58 – 15 victory at Twickenham.

“We knew George was coming along earlier in the day, but we deliberately didn’t tell the players. You should have seen their faces when he turned up,” said team manager Dan Ingham.

“He joined in and it was a great training session. All our players were so impressed. It was a real boost ahead of this weekend’s game.”