It has been a long journey from Saddleworth Rangers where George Ford was first involved in rugby at the age of four.
He moved on to Wigan Warriors and Bradford Bulls and studied for A levels in English, PE and psychology at Rishworth School, Halifax and was later a contemporary of Owen Farrell at St George’s School, Harpenden.
Oldham born, George has toured Argentina with England U18 and in August 2009 contributed 20 points when South Africa Schools were overpowered 45-13 at Kimberley. He had converted ten of the 15 tries in the previous tour match that brought a 95-0 triumph over Western Province. He had first appeared for the U18 team at the age of 15 and also played for the North and the national U16 sides.
His points collection was expanded with 18 conversions, eight penalties and a try in five of the six England U18 matches in 2009-10, all of which brought victory.
George scored 59 points during England’s Junior World Championship campaign in Italy in June 2011, having contributed 76 points to their Grand Slam earlier in the year.
After becoming the youngest player to take part in a professional club match, George enjoyed the accolade of being crowned the World Rugby Young Player of the Year for 2011 after his eye-catching displays for the England U20 side.
He played in 11 consecutive matches and amassed 143 points from two tries, 38 conversions and 19 penalties. His final appearance was in February 2012 when he converted seven of the nine tries and led the team to a 59-3 win over Scotland at Firhill.
George was also the only person involved in a team sport to be among a shortlist of ten for the 2009 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award. He made his England Saxons debut against Ireland Wolfhounds at Galway in January 2013 and played against Scotland A at Newcastle the following week.
George was included in the England Senior Elite Player Squad for the first time in January 2014 and was an unused bench replacement when Ireland were beaten 13-10 at Twickenham the following month.
His first Test appearance was off the bench for Owen Farrell in the final minutes of England’s 29-18 victory over Wales at Twickenham in March 2014 and he gave his captain Chris Robshaw a try-scoring pass in the Italy game six days later.
He contributed 13 points on his first start against Samoa at Twickenham that November and launched the exquisite cross-kick that created a try for Mike Brown with Anthony Watson the link man. A week later, he landed six of his eight place kicks against Australia, worth another 16 points.
George was the top points-scorer in the 2015 Six Nations with 75. He also made more offloads (nine) in the tournament than any other player but such success was nothing new.
Becoming one of the three England vice-captains for the 2017 tour of Argentina added to George’s many distinctions.
He not only scored 23 points from a try and seven successful place kicks out of eight in the first Test against the Pumas at San Juan but his accomplished all-round performance inspired those around him in an inexperienced team.
Another outstanding display in the second Test brought him 15 points in the 35-25 win at Santa Fe. He was England’s co-captain, alongside Chris Robshaw, for the Samoa game that brought a 48-14 victory in November 2017 and became the Old Mutual Wealth Man of the Match.
George had made a stunning start to the 2016-17 season for Bath Rugby that included reviving a lost art - four drop goals in the first five games, including two against Northampton Saints in an 18-14 win at Franklin’s Gardens.
In November 2016, he scored his fourth Test try against South Africa and also impressed with his subtle distribution skills in the second match of the Old Mutual Wealth Series against Fiji.
He initially appeared for Leicester Tigers at the age of 16 years and 237 days in the LV= Cup match against Yorkshire Carnegie in November 2009. He was in direct opposition at fly half to his older brother Joe, and they were watched by proud father Mike, the former England defence coach. George’s younger brother Jacob has played for Saddleworth Rangers and Old Rishworthians.
George, who has produced impressive performances since joining Bath in 2013, made 41 senior appearances for Leicester, scoring 275 points overall. He returned to Welford Road in 2017.
He also won the Premiership A League title twice and played for the Tigers in the northern leg of the JP Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby Sevens on his home ground in July 2011.
232 points - 6T, 41C, 38PG, 2DG
2014 W(R), It(R), NZ(R), SA(R), Sam, A 2015 W, It, I, S, F, F, I World Cup - Fj, W(R), A(R), U 2016 S, It, I, W, F, W, A(1R,2,3), SA, Fj, Arg, A 2017 F, W, It, S, I, Arg (1,2), Arg, A, Sam 2018 It, W, S, F, I(R), SA (1,2), SA (R), NZ (R), JPN, A (R)
Last updated: 16 January 2019