Toulouse backs coach Jean-Baptiste Elissalde has come out in defence of Toby Flood after an indifferent start to his stint in France.
Toulouse backs coach Jean-Baptiste Elissalde has come out in defence of Toby Flood following an indifferent start to the Englishman's stint in France.
The former England fly-half made a sensational Top 14 debut as he scored all 20 of Toulouse's points – including a try – in their opening weekend win over Oyonnax.
But the ex-Leicester pivot has come in for widespread criticism after his last two performances – a defeat in Brive, when he was shown a yellow card, and a home loss to Clermont, when he sent a penalty wide from straight in front on the 22m line.
“He's a guy who has been brought up in a very rigid gameplan and it's not easy to change,” Elissalde told Rugbyrama.
“He's brilliant, he's working hard and I have no concerns.
“We have two number 10s with (Luke) McAlister but it'll be Toby for often than Luke. We're not going to start changing his bearings.
“He does a lot in training. He asks for a lot of one-on-one discussions – he has probably wanted to do too much, but it will all fall into place. I have full confidence in him.”
Elissalde did however admit that Flood “spent a lot of time practising his kicking” the day after his miss against Clermont and that he had taken the criticism for the error to heart.
“That failure hurt him a bit,” added Elissalde with wry smile.