Toby Flood: Rugby about the team, not individuals

Toby Flood: Rugby about the team, not individuals

England fly-half Toby Flood has said that team spirit, rather than personal pride, is key if he and his fellow players are to achieve anything at the Rugby World Cup this year.

Flood has staked a strong claim for the national side's number ten jersey, taking on the role once filled by Jonny Wilkinson, who won the 2003 World Cup for England with a last-minute drop goal.

The 25-year-old Leicester Tigers player cited the famous moment as an example of an individual doing what is necessary for the good of the team.

Speaking to RFUtv, Flood said: "I think you see it as a team collective about what we're about to try and achieve, I don't think there are any personal gains to be made.

"I don't think Jonny would ever say he dropped that goal for him or what he thought he would reap rewards from. I think he did it for the hours he puts in out on the field ... and also for the team."

Fans can see what sort of shape England are in ahead of the World Cup by ordering rugby international tickets and heading to Twickenham to see Flood and co take on Wales on August 6th.

The two teams will meet again at the Millennium Stadium a week later.

Posted by Lizzie Rivera