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Ex-Bath boss Ford takes over at Toulon

Mike Ford

Mike Ford led Bath to the 2015 Premiership final, where they were beaten by Saracens

Former Bath boss Mike Ford has been named head coach of three-times European champions Toulon.

Ford, 50, joined the French club last month as backs coach and replaces Diego Dominguez, who was appointed in summer.

Former England defence coach Ford left Bath at the end of last season after a ninth-place finish in the Premiership.

Toulon lost to Saracens in their Champions Cup opener – their first home defeat in the competition – before winning 15-5 at Sale on Friday.

Dominguez has lasted just 10 games after his appointment – winning five – and leaving the club fourth in the French league.

He had replaced the hugely successful Bernard Laporte, who guided the club to three European Cups and a Top 14 title in five years.

Analysis

BBC Radio 5 live rugby correspondent Chris Jones:

“After a few months out of the game following his sacking by Bath, Ford has now landed one of the biggest jobs in world rugby.

“He initially joined the triple European champions as a coach working under Diego Dominguez, but the Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal has now confirmed Ford will take full charge of team affairs.

“Toulon have made a patchy start to the season both domestically and in Europe, but their squad is laden with world class players, making it an irresistible challenge for an ambitious coach like Ford.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/37752700