Bath Rugby enjoyed a stand-out evening at the Premiership Rugby Awards last night, with a sweep that included gongs for Fords Junior and Senior.
George Ford was named Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Season at the glittering ceremony in central London. The Bath Rugby outside-half has enjoyed a stellar season for both Club and country as Bath have made the Aviva Premiership Rugby semi-finals for the first time since 2010.
"George is a worthy recipient of this year's Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Season award," said Phil Winstanley, the Rugby Director at Premiership Rugby. "There is no doubt he has spear-headed an extremely talented back-line at Bath Rugby and his control and composure at fly-half show a remarkable maturity for someone so young.
One of only five 17-year-olds ever to have played Premiership Rugby when he made his debut in 2010, Ford was marked out for success from a very early age, establishing himself in the England team this season.
Ford was the top scorer in Aviva Premiership Rugby last season with 250 points and this season his impact has been enormous as Bath Rugby have lost just three of the 14 Aviva Premiership Rugby games he's played this season
At 24, Ford's Club colleague Jonathan Joseph was the oldest player on the shortlist.
Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Season - Shortlist:
• Elliot Daly – Wasps
• George Ford – Bath Rugby
• Nathan Hughes – Wasps
• Jonathan Joseph – Bath Rugby
• Billy Vunipola – Saracens
On an incredible night for the Ford family, Bath Head Coach Mike Ford was named Guinness Director of Rugby of the Season after taking Bath Rugby to a home Aviva Premiership Rugby semi-final this Saturday against Leicester Tigers and an unforgettable European campaign that brought a European Champions Cup quarter-final.
A former rugby league international, Ford joined Bath Rugby in the summer of 2012. His knowledge of the game has been utilised to great success at international level with Ireland, England and the 2005 British and Irish Lions – the midweek side he coached went unbeaten in New Zealand.
Guinness Director of Rugby of the Season – Shortlist:
Rob Baxter – Exeter Chiefs
Mike Ford – Bath Rugby
Jim Mallinder – Northampton Saints
Dai Young – Wasps
One of the most-eagerly awaited Awards was handed out by former England international Martin Bayfield and his BT Sport colleague Alastair Eykyn: the BT Sport Aviva Premiership Rugby Dream Team. Four Bath players were named in the team. They were Anthony Watson, Jonathan Joseph, George Ford and Francois Louw.
15. Anthony Watson – Bath Rugby
14. Christian Wade – Wasps
13. Jonathan Joseph – Bath Rugby
12. Henry Slade – Exeter Chiefs
11. Sinoti Sinoti – Newcastle Falcons
10. George Ford – Bath Rugby
9. Joe Simpson – Wasps
1. Matt Mullan – Wasps
2. Jamie George – Saracens
3. Tomas Francis – Exeter Chiefs
4. Graham Kitchener – Leicester Tigers
5. Dean Mumm – Exeter Chiefs (Captain)
6. Dave Ewers – Exeter Chiefs
7. Francois Louw – Bath Rugby
8. Nathan Hughes – Wasps