Toby Flood considers Germany switch after England exile
Last Updated: 21/08/17 8:38am
Toby Flood hopes to relaunch his international career with Germany if hopes of an England return are over.
The Newcastle Falcons fly-half won the last of his 60 caps for England in 2013 before moving to Toulouse, but will be eligible for selection again now that he's back playing in the Aviva Premiership.
However, with George Ford and Owen Farrell established in the squad, a recall from Eddie Jones would seem unlikely.
Flood qualifies for Germany through his grandfather, Albert Lieven, and would be eligible to play for them if his application for a German passport made after Brexit is successful.
"If there was any way of trying to help a fledgling rugby country, it would interest me," Flood told The Times.
"I would love to have a conversation about it with anyone in Germany to see what my prospects are.
"I have always been proud of being German. My mum is the last remaining true Lieven and she went back to Germany about ten years ago to put together a family tree so if there was a chance to connect into that it would be great."
Flood arranged a release from the final two years of his Toulouse contract to rejoin the Falcons, and in doing so turn down interest from other Aviva Premiership and Top 14 teams.
He said: "I was having a phenomenal time with the lifestyle and the people, but the rugby was frustrating (at Toulouse).
"There was a bit of discord in the Toulouse camp last season and there was an end-of-an-era scenario (with Guy Noves moving on to take charge of France).
"I felt it was important to enjoy these next few years of rugby. Of course Newcastle was the club where I grew up and I have fond memories - but if they were in the Championship or not doing anything then it wouldn't have crossed my mind.
"The club had a good season last year, finishing eighth, which brings pressure and excitement. We have a good coaching staff and hungry young player.
"We know if we play well there are tries in us. Coming back here to Newcastle was nothing to do with nostalgia."