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Having been made captain of his national team earlier this year, there is no doubt that the profile of Ross Ford has improved incredibly. For that reason, there is a huge rise in interest in the 28-year-old. To live up to our reputation as the top source for everything Ross Ford, we have therefore compiled a brief “did you know” fact file that lists some of the most interesting facts and trivia about the hooker.

1) Ross Ford was born on April 23rd 1984 – making him 28-years-old at the time of writing.
2) He not only attended Kelso High School, but also started his career at Kelso RFU.
3) However, professionally his career began at Border Reivers and he would have most likely stayed with them longer if they hadn’t disbanded.
4) Most people don’t know that Ford’s initial preferred position was loose forward. He was converted to a hooker later in his Reivers’ career.
5) He was first capped by the Scottish national team in 2004.
6) He was named the Scotland captain in 2012.
7) Despite the supposed male domination in rugby, it was actually Ford’s mum who got him into the sport.
8) Ford has plenty to thank Scotland coach Andy Robinson for. As well as making him captain of the national team, Robinson also made Ford his first signing when he took over at Edinburgh.
9) It appears as though Kelso is still close to the heart of Ford, who makes the effort of coaching the area’s U18 team.

Ford wants his team to play “smart”

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The decision to appoint Ross Ford as permanent captain of the Scottish national team has been met with widespread praise over recent months. As well as being a hugely gifted player, Ford is regarded as one of the more strategic players in rugby union and this was reportedly one of the reasons he was handed the captaincy. Ahead of his country’s next test, against Samoa, Ford has declared that the focus for the Scots will be to play smart to combat the physical threat of their opponents.

Ford has so far masterminded some superb results as captain, having overseen victories over Fiji and Australia. The Scots are about to embark on their final game of their summer tour, and Ford has given his view on the fixture. He said, "We're not going to stick any more meat on over the next few days so we have got to be quick. And we have got to be technically very good on the day to compete against them. It is going to be a tough game."

Even if the Scots fail to win their final game of the tour, Ford is all but certain to keep the captaincy. Even though he was not first choice for the role back in January, his impression since taking over has been incredible and Scotland are now regarded as one of the stronger forces in international rugby. Moreover, Ford’s performances haven’t deteriorated in the slightest despite the added responsibility, and he is tipped to rack up even more caps than the 61 he currently has to his name.

International career so far

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Having established himself as one of the most competent players on Scotland’s domestic rugby scene, there were no surprises when Ross Ford made his debut for the Scotland national team in 2004. Since then, he has never looked back, and is now regarded as one of the best Scottish players around.

Ford’s first game for Scotland came in the 2004 Abbey Autumn Tests against Australia. Unfortunately, it would take twelve months before he made another appearance, after he was named as a substitute in the game against Wales in the 2006 Six Nations tournament. Following a series of injury problems, it wasn’t until 2007 where Ford came to be a key fixture for the Scottish. He impressed many pundits with his performance against Ireland in a friendly outing for the World Cup and from then on he has been first choice hooker for the national team.

Having now become a regular, Ford can boast sixty one caps to his name – with this figure only going to increase considering his huge reputation in the game of rugby union. The fact that he was named permanent captain of the squad earlier in 2012 highlights how highly he is regarded as well.

Moreover, Ford has won other international honours, having been selected for the British & Irish Lions. Admittedly, he came into the squad as a replacement, yet he still managed to force his way into the first team and was a key player for the group after playing in three test matches.

Ross Ford – Captain of Scotland

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It would be fair to say that the career of Ross Ford certainly took a turn for the better back in January 2012. Having established himself on the national scene back in 2004, the Edinburgh hooker was rewarded for his years of service by being announced as Scotland’s captain.

Many of Ross’ fans, including us here at Ross Ford Blog, were not surprised at the news. Having made over fifty international appearances for his country, Ford is regarded as one of the most consistent players in Scotland. This is something that the head coach of the nation also stated, with Andy Robinson describing Ford in exemplary terms after naming him as his captain: “This is a special day for Ross, who has been a key figure in our leadership group and our most consistent performer for some time. I firmly believe he is the man who will step up and lead from the front”.

Understandably, Ford’s reaction to the news was also very positive, with the 27-year-old stating, “It’s a massive honour and privilege to captain your country. I’m really grateful to be given this chance to captain a team of so much potential”.

So far, Ford has been a revelation as captain of his country. He has continued the form that made him one of the most established figures in the national team, while he has settled into his role as captain superbly and is regarded as a key player of Scotland’s future. Moreover, even though Kelly Brown was the preferred choice as captain, it appears as though Andy Robinson is completely satisfied with Ford and there are no plans for the role to change hands again.

Career Profile

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Born in 1984, Ross Ford is a rugby union player who is currently part of the Edinburgh squad. As well as this, Ford is seen as one of the most promising hookers in Scottish rugby and is now a regular for the national team.

Throughout his career, Ford has been seen as a real talent in Scottish rugby. Having grown up in Keslo, Ford represented Scotland at various different age levels including U16, U18 and U19. As well as this, he was recognized from an early age after participating in the Commonwealth Games in Manchester back in 2002.

While Ford did play for Keslo RFC and Keslo Harlequins at a young age, he only started to gain a reputation when he signed a professional contract with Border Reivers. However, his career was thrown into jeopardy when Reivers disbanded, meaning that he was without a club for the first time in his profession. At first it appeared as though Glasgow Warriors would be the side to rescue him. However, following lengthy speculation, it was Edinburgh who he transferred to and he has not looked back since.

Ford’s first international appearance came in 2004, when Scotland played against Australia in the Abbey Autumn Tests at Murrayfield. It would be fair to say that Scotland, nor Ford, have looked back since that appearance, with the hooker now a regular in his national team having made over fifty appearances. Moreover, his international credentials have been boosted further in recent times, after he was named in the British & Irish Lions squad before then being made captain for the 2012 Six Nations Championship.

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