Toby Flood, a name that has been associated with English rugby for many years now. Once an understudy to the great English rugby hero Jonny Wilkinson at Newcastle falcons. Then on to his home since 2008, Leicester tigers, where he has opted to play his club rugby winning various accolades along the way. Now, just like so many other international, the depths of the French clubs pockets has come calling and Flood is just the latest name set to decide his future with a potential move to the already superstar boasted club, Toulon. At present, Jonny Wilkinson still resides at Toulon but the giant club are preparing for a life without the superstar of rugby. But with this potential move for Flood to fill these boots, it will effectively call his time on his international career.
Is this the best move for the fly half who is still involved in England’s elite squad, second behind Stuart Lancaster’s target number 10 for the RWC 2015, Saracens Owen Farrell. Or is he beginning to prepare for the worst and calling time before he is pushed out by another young fly half, Gloucester’s Freddy burns which has been knocking on the elite squad door now for some time, or perhaps another player that most say is another you talent that has developed over recent years and should be considered, Baths George Ford. Ford, Floods understudy at Leicester tigers until moving to Bath at the end of last season and is currently sitting two places above his old club at 3rd in the Aviva Premiership.
Toby Flood has a life changing decision to make, one that would mean both England and Leicester lose one of their most experienced playmakers. But perhaps his chances to play with world class players from both sides of the hemispheres whilst capitalising on his talents and creating a bank balance closer to that of our more spherically shaped balled cousin in preparation for living off when his career does finally end is just too tempting. Either way I’m sure we will still be seeing him orchestrating sides for plenty more years to come.