Flood couldn't say no to Toulouse

Date published: August 21 2014

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One English fly-half might have left the Top 14 in the shape of Jonny Wilkinson, but another has landed in the form of Toby Flood.

One English fly-half might have left the Top 14 in the shape of Jonny Wilkinson, but another has landed in the form of Toby Flood, whose debut in the French elite could not have been any more assured.

Flood had a game to remember last week, scoring all of Toulouse's points in the 20-19 season-opening victory over Oyonnax.

His decision to move from Leicester in the Premiership to the southwest of France might have cost him a place in the England set-up, notably in the run-up to the 2015 World Cup, but Flood was adamant that he'd made the right choice.

“I had the opportunity to represent my country 60 times for a long period,” said Flood, who racked up 301 points for England.

“I miss those days but I couldn't miss the opportunity to come to Toulouse. I always wanted to play in a different country.

“It's been enjoyable so far really, this team has some fantastic players.

“My integration was pretty straightforward, the guys are great, they look after you.”

Toulouse host Castres in Friday's match, and Flood was under no illusions that the season would get any easier.

“There are a lot of good teams, good players,” added Flood.

“You can't take anybody lightly. Last year, the championship was really tight – you have to fear every team.”

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