Rugby World Cup 2015: Jamie Noon tips George Ford to star for England

Former England international Jamie Noon backs George Ford to star at Rugby World Cup this autumn

Saracens centre Jamie Noon Photo: BMW

Former England international Jamie Noon has tipped Fly-half George Ford to star at this year’s World Cup.

Noon, who earned the last of his 38 caps in 2009, and played for England in the 2007 world cup, is confident the Bath stand-off can make a difference for the red rose in front of their home fans.

“George Ford for me will be massive for England in this tournament,” Noon said.

“He was good when he was at Leicester but with the set up they have around him at Bath, his game has gone up a level.

“If the front eight can step up and create a platform, you can expect to see George pulling the strings and controlling play for England.”

With England set to play in front of their home fans at a World Cup for the first time since the 1999 tournament, Noon admitted to being somewhat envious of the current crop of England players as they prepare to contest as hosts, but was quick to stress how difficult the next few months will be for the current squad.

“It will be great to play in front of a packed Twickenham in a World Cup match, you won’t be able to match it for atmosphere,” he added.

“Of course it will bring it’s own pressure as hosts but the guys should thrive under it.

“They are a few days into their camp now and the practice and training will be intense right up until the start of the tournament and it won’t be easy, but the reward of performing at a World Cup is well worth it.”

Jamie Noon is currently working as an Emirates ambassador for Rugby, encouraging young fans to find the flag hidden in Leicester on the 27th of June to win the chance to lead a team out at Rugby World Cup 2015. Visit Emirates Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to follow the #EmiratesFlag.

“It’s a great competition, I know for a fact my two sons would love to have the opportunity to be a flag bearer at the World Cup,” said Noon.

“It’ll be memories that stay with the kids for the rest of their lives, getting the chance to meet and walk alongside some of their sporting heroes, what an opportunity.

“It set up to be a great occasion for all involved.”

Jamie Noon is an Emirates ambassador for Rugby, encouraging young fans to find the flag hidden in Leicester on the 27th of June to win the chance to lead a team out at Rugby World Cup 2015. Visit Emirates Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to follow the #EmiratesFlag

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