George Ford insists he can step up as No 9 for England in Japan 

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‘I will be confident to play there if needed’: George Ford insists he can step up as No 9 for England in Japan

  • George Ford is ready to step in as an emergency No 9 for England in Japan 
  • The Red Roses are short in the area and only have two personnel for the position 
  • Eddie Jones stands by his selection and feels he has picked the best 31 available 
  • Ford believes he can step up to the position and work well with Owen Farrell 

George Ford is ready to answer an emergency No 9 call at the World Cup if injury strikes down one of England’s two scrum-halves in Japan.

The 26-year-old fly-half has never played a minute of Test rugby at half-back, but will provide cover to Ben Youngs and Willi Heinz in the unfamiliar position.

Most sides pick three specialist scrum-halves for the World Cup but England have plumped for just two, a risk if there are injuries before or during the tournament.

George Ford is ready to answer and emergency No 9 call at the World Cup if injury hits

George Ford is ready to answer and emergency No 9 call at the World Cup if injury hits

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But Ford revealed that his potential switch is not a last minute call from Jones.

‘I will be confident to play there if needed,’ he said.

‘I hope Owen Farrell is demanding outside me – I’ll give him the ball!

‘Under Eddie’s regime I have trained there quite a bit to be honest, without knowing it sometimes.

‘There have been fallow weeks in the Six Nations where I have spent every session there.

‘So much so sometimes I have thought “am I being transformed into a scrum-half here?”

Eddie Jones is standing by his decision and feels he has picked 'the best 31' available to him

Eddie Jones is standing by his decision and feels he has picked ‘the best 31’ available to him

‘Game-wise it has only arised a couple of times if there has been a yellow-card or something. Based on the training I have done I have really enjoyed it. You are right in the thick of it, and have to be very fit to keep up with play.

‘Kicking, passing, it is pretty similar to No 10 apart from the fact that you are one closer in towards the ruck.

‘I played a little bit of scrum-half at school, and when I grew up playing rugby league I mixed between stand-off and dummy-half.

‘It’s just trying to put the ball on a plate for the forwards, I suppose.

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‘Within this environment we try to respond well to any situation. Eddie does not tell me when he wants me to train there before-hand, it is up to adapt when presented with it.

‘If you can adapt it’s a good place to be.’



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