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George Ford targeted for sensational code switch - reports

George Ford is being lined up by several Rugby League clubs as they seek to poach one of union’s leading stars.

The Leicester Tigers outhalf has lost his starting spot with England, with Owen Farrell now the preferred option at 10, with Ford having to settle for a place on the bench.

Ford didn’t feature in the recent 21-13 defeat against Wales, with Eddie Jones opting against throwing him into the mix as England chased the game.

It appears that the 10-12 Ford-Farrell axis is now a thing of the past, particularly with Manu Tuilagi back to fitness and Henry Slade’s form at 13.

The Rugby Paper report that Leeds Rhinos, St Helens and Wigan Warriors are keeping an eye on the Ford situation.

Rugby League runs in the family, his dad Mike Ford had a long career in Rugby League, playing for the likes of Wigan, Oldham, Castleford and Warrington Wolves, among others.

But George has spent his entire career in union, beginning at Leicester Tigers before switching to Bath when his dad Mike moved there as Director of Rugby, before switching back to Welford Road for the 2017/18 season, signing a three-year contract.

He represented England at U16, U18, U19 and U20 level and played for the U18’s aged just 15. The 25-year-old made his senior debut in 2014 and now has 53 caps to his name, only behind Jonny Wilkinson and Rob Andrew when it comes to appearances for England in the 10 jersey.

Only last month Luther Burrell confirmed his switch to league. The 31-year-old former England centre is leaving Northampton Saints at the end of the season and will be joining Super League side Warrington Wolves.

The 31-year-old has agreed a two-year deal with Warrington and said of his switch: “I know I will need to earn the trust of my team-mates first and foremost. I also hope to bring some physicality, that edge and the ability to break the line.

“I’ve had the opportunity to play for England in union and to play on some of the biggest stages in finals. I’d like to think I can transfer the experience I have gained into rugby league.

“I’m not here to make up the numbers. I’m coming over and I mean business.”

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George Ford targeted for sensational code switch - reports