George Ford still haunted by World Cup final after strange Bok confession
Ahead of the opening round of the Heineken Champions Cup this weekend, various players were asked who the players they most respect are.
The answers seemed to follow a pattern, where players mostly picked a compatriot that plays (or played) in the same position as them. Malakai Fekitoa picked Ma’a Nonu, Nick Isiekwe picked George Kruis, Courtnall Skosan picked Bryan Habana etc. Then, out of the blue, George Ford goes and picks Duane Vermeulen.
There aren’t many clearer signs that the Sale Sharks and England fly-half is still haunted by the 2019 World Cup final than picking the player that was named man of the match that day. England could not control the Bok No8 in Yokohama, although Ford may have nightmares about his back row companion Pieter-Steph du Toit from that match.
Ford’s Sale actually host Vermeulen’s Ulster this Sunday at the AJ Bell in the Champions Cup, although the fly-half is still out with and Achilles injury. He might actually be glad of that given who he’ll be playing.
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