Just hours after being named in England’s training squad for the 2015 World Cup, Bath fly-half George Ford was named the Aviva Premiership Player of the Season. England take on France and Ireland in the QBE Internationals at Twickenham and Eventmasters offer official Twickenham hospitality packages from our very own ‘Merits’ facility for rugby union encounters.
Ford has shone for both club and country this season and has established himself as England’s number one fly-half, holding off the challenges of Owen Farrell, Danny Cipriani and Stephen Myler. His ability to read defences and find space brought a real edge to England’s play in the RBS Six Nations, he finished the tournament as the top point’s scorer with 75. His connection with Jonathan Joseph in midfield sparked an attack which had looked pedestrian for far too long and those two will be huge factors in England’s success at 2015’s biggest event.
Ford has guided his Bath side to the Aviva Premiership play-offs for the first time since 2010, and the West Country giants looked primed to make a push for the title. His father and club coach Mike Ford was named Director of Rugby of the Season. While Wasps number eight Nathan Hughes picked up the Forward of the Season award, as his bulldozing performances helped Wasps to European Champions Cup qualification.
Henry Slade who also made it into Stuart Lancaster’s training squad picked up the Discovery of the Season award. The Exeter man has been tremendous this season and featured in every league game for the Chiefs, and he has a real chance to force his way into the final 31 man squad for the World Cup. As the end of the season approaches all eyes will begin to turn towards the QBE Internationals and the World Cup.
George Ford will be crucial to the success or failure of England in their home World Cup. If he continues to show the same level of maturity and ability then there is no doubt the hosts have a brilliant man to guide the ship.
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