George Ford will get Bath motoring back up table, insists Matt Banahan

CHRIS JONES
Tiger in waiting: George Ford is leaving Bath after three seasons at The Rec in the summer and heading back to Leicester: Getty Images

Matt Banahan is backing England fly-half George Ford to help push Bath closer to a Premiership play-off place by defeating Leicester, the club he is joining in the summer, at Twickenham tomorrow.

Leicester are in fourth place on 51 points — three ahead of Bath — and trail third-placed Saracens by 12 points, highlighting the need to deliver a first win under new head coach Matt O’Connor.

With Leicester’s Freddie Burns heading the other way to Bath, there will be even more interest in a fixture being watched by England head coach Eddie Jones and Banahan said: “The days of a player being at one club for seven or eight years have gone in the professional era and there is a lot of movement these days. It is just part the game now.

“We all know how professional George is and what he has done for Bath over the last three years and he is going to give it his all for the rest of the season. In the Leicester squad there is Freddie, who will be coming to Bath, and Owen Williams, the other outside half, who is off to Gloucester.”

Banahan, who won 16 England caps and remains one of the most powerful backs in English rugby, is not concerned about taking a crucial game away from Bath’s home ground.

He explained: “I thought we might be conceding an advantage but with possibly 60,000 people there, that is why you play sport.”

Bath will be looking for another big game from their Wales No8 Taulupe Faletau, who is now fully fit and playing with the kind of power that will almost certainly earn him a place on the Lions tour to New Zealand.

See Bath Rugby face their fiercest rivals Leicester Tigers in The Clash at Twickenham tomorrow. Tickets from £15 can be purchased on the day from the Twickenham Stadium ticket office.

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