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Six Nations 2020: England star George Ford ready to serve up revenge on Ireland after opening cafe with brother Joey

GEORGE FORD does not trust himself to whip up a decent brew at his new cafe.

But the England fly-half, 26, can be relied upon to serve up a slice of revenge against Ireland.

Ford opened Kobe Coffee with brother Joey last year in Saddleworth, right on the edge of the Peak District.

He said: “I’ve not made a coffee for anyone yet but I clean the tables and I’m not bad with the brush!

“I wouldn’t trust myself to make a coffee for a member of the public yet.”

England are not back in camp until tomorrow ahead of their huge battle against undefeated Ireland,  six months after the Red Rose thrashed them 57-15 in a World Cup warm-up.

The sides’ last full-on Test match at Twickenham two years ago was a 24-15 defeat that saw Ireland claim the Grand Slam.

Ford said: “We remember. We never like losing matches, particularly at home. Maybe in Test week we’ll dive into a few things to get us right emotionally.

“It’s a balance. You don’t want to look too far in the past but if it’s something you can use to get yourself to a higher level then you use it.

“What I would say is it’s a completely different game, different circumstances.

“I would imagine it would be a bit closer and a bit more of a contest, a tough Test match.”


Eddie Jones’ side   welcome former defence coach Andy Farrell back as rival boss.

Defeat would spell the end of England’s outside Six Nations title shot.

Ford said: “We understand Ireland are a very good team and very well coached.

“They have started the Six Nations very, very well so we have got huge respect for them and understand the challenge that lies ahead.

“With Andy primarily a defence coach they will be hard to break down.

“They will be looking to bring some line speed and something a bit different.

“The stuff Ireland are notoriously good at — the contact stuff, the kicking game, in the air and the contest at the breakdown — is always going to be the biggest challenge.

“We are going to have to be at our best in those areas.”