Mike Ford

  • Date Joined: 27th June 2016
Possessing more than 30 years’ experience in professional rugby as both a player and a coach, Mike has excelled in the game through the ability to engage, lead from the front, maximise potential and build teams with winning behaviours.

The former Head Coach of Bath Rugby and a Defensive Coach for the Rugby Football Union (RFU), Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) and the British & Irish Lions, Mike has worked closely with some of the sport’s most successful players in club and international rugby. The Aviva Premiership Director of Rugby for season 2014/15, Mike has received wide acclaim for his influence on outstanding domestic and international team performances at the Rugby World Cup, RBS Six Nations Championship and Aviva Premiership.

Mike provides visible leadership, expert rugby knowledge and the capacity to quickly integrate with new teams in order to drive improved team performance, player development and coaching standards within an innovative thinking and hardworking rugby environment.
Mike Ford

Career History

  • Dallas Griffins

    Dallas Griffins
    Director of Rugby
    2017 – Present

  • RC Toulonnais

    RC Toulonnais
    Head Coach
    2016 – 2017

  • Bath Rugby

    Bath Rugby
    Head Coach
    2013 – 2016

  • Newcastle Falcons

    Newcastle Falcons
    Consultant Defence Coach
    2012 – 2012

  • Leeds Carnegie

    Leeds Carnegie
    Coaching Consultant
    2011 – 2012

  • Rugby Football Union

    Rugby Football Union
    Defence Coach / Assistant Coach
    2006 – 2011

  • Saracens

    Saracens
    Head Coach
    2005 – 2006

  • British & Irish Lions

    British & Irish Lions
    Defence Coach
    2005 – 2005

  • IRFU

    IRFU
    Assistant Coach
    2004 – 2005

  • Saracens

    Saracens
    Defence & Skills Coach
    2004 – 2005

  • IRFU

    IRFU
    Defence Coordinator
    2002 – 2005

  • Oldham Roughyeds

    Oldham Roughyeds
    Player / Head Coach
    2000 – 2001

  • Lancashire Rugby League

    Lancashire Rugby League
    Assistant Coach
    2000 – 2000

  • East of Pennine Divisional Team

    East of Pennine Divisional Team
    Joint Head Coach
    1999 – 1999

  • Bramley Buffaloes

    Bramley Buffaloes
    Player / Head Coach
    1999 – 1999

  • Castleford Tigers

    Castleford Tigers
    Player
    1997 – 1998

  • Warrington Wolves

    Warrington Wolves
    Player
    1996 – 1996

  • South Queensland Crushers

    South Queensland Crushers
    Player
    1995 – 1995

  • Castleford Tigers

    Castleford Tigers
    Player
    1991 – 1994

  • Great Britain Rugby League

    Great Britain Rugby League
    Player
    1993 – 1993

  • England Rugby

    England Rugby
    Player
    1992 – 1992

  • Oldham Roughyeds

    Oldham Roughyeds
    Player
    1987 – 1991

  • British & Irish Lions

    British & Irish Lions
    Player
    1988 – 1988

  • Wigan Warriors

    Wigan Warriors
    Player
    1983 – 1987

Key Achievements

  • Qualified for the Champions Cup Quarter Finals with RC Toulonnais, and helped them reach the Top 14 Final in 2017
  • Led Bath to a successful 2014/15 season - finishing 2nd in the Aviva Premiership; finalists in the Aviva Premiership Final; and personally winning the league’s Director of Rugby award
  • Won the 2011 Six Nations Championship with England and finished as runners-up in the 2007 Rugby World Cup and 2008 Six Nations Championship
  • Significantly improved the England national team’s defensive record in major international competition - finishing with the best defensive record in the 2011 Rugby World Cup (least tries conceded in the pool stages)
  • The best defensive record in the 2009 and 2010 Six Nations Championships with England (only 70 points conceded in 2009 and only fives tries conceded in 2010)
  • Led Saracens to their first Heineken Cup qualification for five years in 2006
  • Triple Crown winners with Ireland in 2004 after winning a record 10 consecutive games to be ranked 3rd in the world
  • Held the third best defensive record with Ireland behind Australia and England at the 2003 Rugby World Cup
  • Runners-up in the 2003 Six Nations Championship as Ireland lost to England in the Grand Slam decider
  • Nominated for the league Coach of the Year award in both 2000 and 2001, and led Oldham to the 2001 Grand Final
  • Made 536 1st Grade appearances and captained every team - scoring 157 tries and 31 drop goals
  • Won 1 cap for England, two caps for Great Britain and seven caps for the British & Irish Lions - captaining the Lions three times
  • Northern Ford grand finalist with Oldham in 2001
  • Won 1994 Regal Trophy and 1991 Yorkshire Cup with Castleford, as well as being a runner-up in the 1994 Premiership and a finalist in the 1992 Challenge Cup
  • Won the 1990 & 1988 Premiership titles and reached the 1989 Lancashire Cup final with Oldham
  • Won the 1987 1st Division, 1986 & 1987 John Player Trophy, 1985 & 1986 Lancashire Cup, and 1985 Challenge Cup with Wigan

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