Ford could replace Erasmus if the Munster coach heads to South Africa

Ford could replace Erasmus if the Munster coach heads to South Africa

Munster could target Mike Ford. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire.

Seán McCarthy

Rugby

MUNSTER are believed to be looking at former Ireland defence and Toulon coach Mike Ford as a possible replacement for Rassie Erasmus should he return to South Africa to take up a Director of Rugby post.

Ford who worked with the IRFU parted company yesterday by mutual agreement with Toulon with immediate effect.

Ford, who also coached Bath, is a free agent and would tick a lot of the boxes for the province and IRFU.

Meanwhile Munster’s Duncan Williams says he would play three games a week if needed and that he would be happy to line out again this weekend for Munster in Musgrave Park. Williams has featured heavily in recent weeks including a top-class display against Toulouse in the Champions Cup quarter-final.

“I spent enough years either not being involved or playing A games. The more games that come my way — if it is two or three a week — I am happy to keep going,” says Williams.

“As long as I am happy with my own game and players around me know how hard I have worked, I am more than happy with that.” 

If picked again this Saturday he will be hoping that the crowd give him the same sort of lift they gave the Munster team last Saturday just before kick-off.

“The last thing I remember just before the kick-off was the roar of the crowd, after that I don’t remember hearing anything for the rest of the game.

“I have a tendency to just be able to hear what is going on on the pitch and I don’t hear the crowd which, I suppose it a good habit to have.

“The crowd were pretty good in fairness. They were so loud just before kick-off the hairs on the back of my neck were standing up and I suppose that is what you play rugby for and why you play in Thomond Park.” 

Whether he is on the bench or on the pitch on Saturday night against Glasgow Warriors, the preparation will remain the same says the 30-year-old Cork Con player.

“I treat every game the same, whether I’m starting or on the bench. I do the same things every day in training so I was ready to go no matter what.”

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