Flood not fazed by threat to England place with No 10 ready to return for Leicester
00:01 GMT, 19 December 2012
England fly-half Toby Flood insists he is not worried by the increasing competition for his international place.
Flood is fit to play for Leicester after overcoming a toe injury sustained in England’s defeat by South Africa last month.
Owen Farrell and Freddie Burns were impressive in his absence against New Zealand but Flood is not fazed.
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‘I’m not fussed about it. It’s the way it goes. It seemed like a good one (the All Blacks match) to miss in terms of the way they were playing,’ he joked. ‘But credit to the lads, the way they finished off was very impressive. I just want to get back.’
Flood, who started England’s first three autumn matches, looks set to regain his Leicester place ahead of England Under 20 fly-half George Ford for the Aviva Premiership match at London Irish on Saturday.
A goal-kicking record of nearly 79 per cent this season makes Flood Leicester’s No 1, despite the promise of Ford, whose accuracy is only around 59 per cent. Leicester also hope to have England flanker Tom Croft back on duty over the holiday period.
He has been pencilled in for a comeback in the home game against Gloucester on December 29.
Croft has not played since April because of a neck injury and his comeback will be carefully managed. ‘It’s a matter of getting his confidence back,’ said Leicester’s director of rugby Richard Cockerill.