Leicester Tigers skipper and inspirational England man Toby Flood has been dropped from the England rugby team’s Elite Player Squad, becoming the only player from the Aviva Premiership champions’ team to lose his place, according to the new list announced by England head coach Stuart Lancaster in London recently as he builds up to the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
The 28 year old Tigers player is expected to end his stay in English rugby this summer and move to France for a lucrative paycheck. And with the England rugby team still pursuing with their age old policy of not picking players who ply their trade for overseas clubs, Flood will lose his place at next summer’s rugby extravaganza as well with George Ford, his onetime protégé at club level, currently playing for Bath Rugby being selected in his place.
The England team boss Lancaster revealed that he had made repeated attempts at trying to keep the inspirational England international in the country and playing for Leicester and therefore, become eligible for selection into the England national team for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Lancaster revealed that he had told Flood that he would not be doing too badly if he stayed on and committed to the Leicester Tigers and lead England but he admitted that the player had made a lifestyle choice and he has to accept and respect his decision.
Flood has been one of the most capped players in the England national team at the moment and his presence in the team has been said to be an inspirational factor by many players on the roster as well as the coaching staff and with him becoming unavailable for selection, Lancaster will have a serious selection headache as the 2015 Rugby World Cup draws ever so closer to us.