- Date of Birth18 Nov 1965
- BirthplaceOldham, England
Former Great Britain rugby league international Mike Ford joined the coaching team at Tigers in the closing months of the 2018/19 season, adding his experience behind the scenes as the club was involved in a relegation battle in the Gallagher Premiership.
Ford’s lengthy coaching career includes spells in charge of Bath and Toulon, as defence coach with both Ireland and England, and with the British & Irish Lions.
He has also worked with Toulon, in the USA and with the German national squad.
Born in Oldham, he was coached by Phil Larder at schools level and then played at scrum-half for Wigan, Leigh, Warrington, Wakefield Trinity and Bramley, in two spells with Oldham and Castleford, and in Australia with Sydney Roosers and South Queensland, winn ing 10 caps for Great Britain along the way.
He started in Wigan’s 14-8 victory over New Zealand in October 1985 and is a Castleford Hall of Fame inductee after played in their Challenge Cup Final defeat by Wigan in 1992.
His three sons have followed him into rugby, with eldest Joe playing for Sale, Leeds, Leicester and Northampton, George gaining more than 50 caps for England with Leicester and Bath, and Joe working as attack coach with Loughborough University.
Mike started his coaching career as player-coach with Bramley in 1999, joining Oldham a year later while also moving into the union code at Dukinfield.
He became defence coach with Ireland on Larder’s recommendation in 2002 before moving to Saracens as skills coach and then head coach in 2005.
Mike went to New Zealand with the Lions in 2005, then became defence coach with England from 2006, getting to the World Cup Final a year later.
He joined the staff at Bath and became head coach there in May 2013, taking them to a European Challenge Cup Final and Premiership Final, becoming the league’s director of rugby of the year in 2015.
After leaving Bath at the end of the 2015/16 season, he moved to Toulon as head coach the following season, taking Richard Cockerill in as forwards coach, but left before the end of the campaign.