Rugby World Cup 2019: George Ford relishing scrum-half gamble if Eddie Jones elects to experiment

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George Ford will relish any opportunity he gets to play scrum-half over the remaining three Rugby World Cup warm-ups, having been designated as emergency cover at No 9 under a plan hatched by Eddie Jones.

Despite captaining England from fly-half at the weekend in the impressive victory over Wales, the 26-year-old faces a good chance of getting minutes at scrum-half depending on the team selections in the remaining Quilter Internationals against Wales, Ireland and Italy.

With Willi Heinz the only natural No 9 to join established first choice Ben Youngs in the 31-man squad announced on Monday, Ford may well be needed to cover scrum-half in Japan if England go all the way to the final – which would in playing seven matches in just six weeks.

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But ever conscious of getting England’s preparations just right, Jones is prepared to give Ford his first competitive minutes at international level before jetting out to the Far East.

“I’d look forward to it,” Ford said. “Any time I’ve played or trained there I’ve actually really enjoyed it. You’re in the game constantly, obviously you’re doing a lot more running from ruck to ruck and behind the

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