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But his career and progress to the international team has faltered since despite playing his rugby in the hugely professional environment of the Leicester Tigers.
With a World Cup coming to English shores in 2015, autumn internationals fast approaching in November and next year’s RBS 6 Nations also firmly on the horizon – Ford is desperate to catch Lancaster’s eye in a Bath shirt this season.
Ford is an old friend and former junior colleague of current England No.10 Owen Farrell, while he’s also behind former Tigers’ team-mate Flood and Gloucester’s Freddie Burns in the England pecking order – but the Bath newboy is determined to change the current selection choices.
“Watching them (Farrell and Burns) was, well, maybe not hard but I would think, “Arrgh, I want the chance to do that myself”,’ Ford told the Daily Mail.
“They have done massively well. That is why I have come here; hopefully to do that and give myself that chance.
“I talk to Owen a fair bit and I’ve wished him well in what he’s done. We’re good mates. We went to school together, lived next door, and I played against him in rugby league. He’s done amazingly. I sent a few texts to him in Australia (with the Lions) and he always replies.
“I loved it; being in that winning environment (Leicester Tigers). It taught you that it is all about winning. I also loved the lads. It was a really hard decision to leave but one I had to make.
“I was frustrated; I’m not going to lie. Like any young lad you just want to play. I have nothing against their philosophy of why they didn’t pick me.
“Toby Flood is the England fly half and one of the best in the league. It was frustrating but at the same time, I understood.
“There were a lot of people saying that you’re 19, 20, you have a long career. But I felt at the time I was ready to play more games.”