After a nine-year absence from Tyneside, Toby Flood is set to return for Newcastle Falcons. The Englishman began his career in Newcastle, having initially been coached by Jonny Wilkinson when at school.
Flood’s developments through the academy and into the first-team saw the fly-half play for the Falcons for four years between 2004-08. Following impressive performances for England, such as Flood’s 16-point contribution to a win over France in the 2007 Six Nations, Leicester Tigers signed the Falcons man in 2008.
And now, after a career with Leicester which included winning the Aviva Premiership and in France with Toulouse, the utility back is once again a Falcon. Following his move to France, Flood virtually waved goodbye to his England career, with his last cap all the way back in 2013 in a Six Nations clash against Italy.
Flood’s returning to the Aviva Premiership could open the door back to Twickenham. However, with competition already tough in midfield, and made ever sterner for the 10 jersey with the likes of Owen Farrell and George Ford competing for the shirt, Flood has suggested he could switch international allegiance in a bid to play for Germany.
Speaking to the Times, the Falcons man has hinted that if the chance came about, he would be keen to don the Deutschland jersey:
“If there was any way of trying to help a fledgling rugby country, it would interest me,
“I have always been proud of being German; It would be nice to go back and connect it all together,
“My mum is the last remaining true Lieven and she went back to Germany about 10 years ago to put together the family tree, so if there was a chance to connect into that it would be great.”
— Toby Flood, speaking to the Times
The German team has never competed at a World Cup before and currently play in the second level of international rugby. Flood applied for German citizenship after Brexit, and could therefore be legible to play for the national side.
Having the former England international could prove an excellent bit of recruitment as the German’s aim to compete in the 2019 World Cup in Japan.