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Assistant Coach

Mike Ford

  • Date of Birth18 Nov 1965
  • BirthplaceOldham, England

Mike Ford joined the Leicester Tigers coaching team as a consultant in the final months of the 2018/19 season, before being appointed to a full-time role as Attack Coach ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.

Ford began coaching during the final years of his professional playing career in rugby league with Bramley and Oldham, before making the code switch to work at Dukinfield and, in 2002, moved into professional rugby union he was appointed Defensive Co-ordinator of the Ireland national team.

After helping the Irish reach 3rd in the World Rugby rankings, including a triple crown during his tenure, Ford joined Saracens as Defence and Skills Coach in 2004 before being appointed Head Coach of the London club in 2005.

Ahead of leading Saracens, Ford joined the British & Irish Lions mid-week coaching team for their tour of New Zealand in 2005 and helped oversee an undefeated run in the non-Test fixtures.

In 2006, he joined the England Rugby coaching team as Defence Coach and helped guide the team to the 2007 Rugby World Cup Final.

Ford remained a member of the England staff until 2011, including the World Cup in New Zealand, before joining Bath Rugby, where he became Head Coach in 2013.

After leaving Bath at the end of the 2015/16 season, he moved to Toulon as Head Coach the following season, but left before the end of the campaign, and had short stints in the USA and with the German national squad.

As a player, in rugby league, Ford represented clubs in England and Australia and appeared for both England and Great Britain at international level.

His three sons followed him into rugby, with eldest Joe playing for Sale, Leeds, Leicester Tigers and Northampton, George gaining more than 50 caps for England with Leicester and Bath, and Jacob coaching at National League level.