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PODCAST – Flood ready and raring to go

15 August 2013

  • Flood and Eastmond report back from England's three-day mini-camp in Loughborough
  • England Under 18 celebrate a last-gasp win over Wales
Toby Flood

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Toby Flood is ready and raring to go after a tour-free summer.

The 57-cap fly half is the most experienced man in the England squad and met up with his international teammates at Loughborough University for a three-day camp this week after being rested for June's trip to South America.

“It was nice to get a break, relax and kick back and not to worry about things too much. I do feel refreshed,” said the 27-year-old Leicester Tigers fly-half after his first summer break and full pre-season training programme since he was 19.

And with both the senior and Saxons players in camp together, there was plenty to focus on ahead of this November’s QBE Internationals.

Flood added: “There are no egos, whether it’s the guys who have been away [with the Lions], were rested or who were successful in Argentina, there is no massive fallout from that because we are straight back on the track and understand what is ahead – a big autumn leading very quickly into the Six Nations.

“At the forefront of our minds is to get things right and going as soon as possible.”

Fellow senior EPS member Kyle Eastmond of Bath Rugby also outlines his commitment to improving his all-round game, while England Under 18 captain James Chisholm and Head Coach John Fletcher react to a last-gasp victory over Wales in South Africa.

Finally, we speak to Gloucester Rugby’s sevens coach Ollie Morgan on a fine J.P. Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s Series win.

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