Ford focused on success

Rising star determined to lead England to glory

By Tony Curtis - Twitter: @SkySportsTC.   Last Updated: 23/06/11 8:53pm

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Ford: Impressed against France

Ford: Impressed against France

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Fly-half George Ford insists England Under-20s can upset the odds by beating New Zealand in the Junior World Championship final in Sunday.

Ford, who at 18 is the youngest player in the tournament, inspired England to a 33-18 victory over France in the semi-final on Wednesday.

Ford, son of England defence coach Mike, scored a try, two conversions and a penalty to set up a third showdown in four years with the junior All Blacks, who toppled Australia in their last-four encounter.

New Zealand beat England on both those previous occasions, though, as well as winning the other final.

Tough

That means New Zealand will start the encounter in Padova, Italy, as the favourites once again, but Leicester star Ford believes England can make it third time lucky.

"We know that were in for a tough match against New Zealand in the final," Ford told Leicester's official site.

"But anyone can beat anyone on their day so we'll prepare as well as we can and look to produce our best rugby.

"It will be our last game together as a group and we want to give it absolutely everything."

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