Ford (right) was appointed Toulon head coach in October, having initially joined as backs coach in September

Ex-Bath boss Mike Ford has left his role as Toulon’s head coach, with former Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill replacing him until the end of the season.

Former England defence coach Ford, 51, only in October.

He brought Cockerill in to work with him after the latter was sacked by Leicester in January.

The ex-England hooker will take charge until the end of the season before leaving to

It was announced last month that Ford would be leaving the post at the end of the season, to be replaced by Fabien Galthie.

But after the three-time European champions were knocked out of the Champions Cup in the quarter-finals by Clermont on Sunday, Toulon have decided to bring forward his departure.

Cockerill will be assisted by forwards coach Marc Dal Maso.


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