Eddie Jones warns George Ford that Toulon move would end England career

• Ford attracting interest from Top 14 side where his father Mike is coach
• ‘If you sign for a French club, you don’t play for England’

Eddie Jones has warned his England players not to toss away their international careers by signing lucrative contracts with wealthy French clubs. The fly-half George Ford is attracting interest from Toulon, now coached by Ford’s father Mike, but Jones says he will pick only squad members who remain wholly committed to English rugby.

Jones plans to sit down with Ford during England’s warm-weather training camp in the Algarve and will remind the Bath stand-off that anyone swapping the Premiership for the Top14 will be exiled from his plans. “We don’t want to lose George but ultimately he’s got to make a decision,” said Jones. “It’s an easy choice: you either sign for an English club or a French club. If you sign for a French club, you don’t play for England. I want players who want to play for England. If he doesn’t want to play for England, so be it.”

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