George Ford is a rugby union player who plays at fly-half for Leicester Tigers and England.
His brother Joe plays for Leicester Tigers and his younger brother Jacob is Director of Rugby at George's former school, Rishworth. Born in Oldham, Greater Manchester he is the son of former Bath Rugby head coach and former Rugby League legend Mike Ford. George played rugby league from 5 at Saddleworth Rangers and as a young teenager played in the academies at both Wigan Warriors and Bradford Bulls. He started playing rugby union age 11 at Rishworth School and playing for Leeds Carnegie, before eventually joining Leicester at the age of 16 and subsequently signed professional forms with them. He played for England Under 18s at just 15 years of age.
In 8 November 2009, he became the youngest Rugby Union player to make his professional debut in England, breaking the record of international teammate Owen Farrell, at just 16 years and 237 days old when Leicester played Leeds in the LV= Cup. In January 2013, it was announced that he would be leaving Leicester Tigers at the end of the season to join Bath Rugby. In all, Ford played 40 matches for Leicester Tigers, scoring 253 points and winning two trophies.
In December 2009, he was nominated for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year. In October 2011, he became the first Englishman to win the title of IRB Junior Player of the Year, and also became the youngest-ever winner of the award.
In July 2012, George became health ambassador and blogger for a UK independent health information website, Patient.co.uk.