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Corry: Pick Flood over Wilkinson


Toby Flood

Toby Flood

Toby Flood

Former captain Martin Corry believes England would be served better by selecting Toby Flood instead of Jonny Wilkinson for next weekend's Rugby World Cup quarter-final showdown with France.

Wilkinson endured another nightmare day with the boot against Scotland, missing four penalties and two drop-goals as England found themselves behind and facing the prospect of World Cup elimination.

Asked who he would pick for the France game out of Flood and Wilkinson if the latter was fit, Corry told BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme: "It's a real tough one, but I think you have to start going for horses for courses and it would probably swing back to Flood now."

He added: "You look at Wilkinson and you don't know how much it is him taking the options or how much it is pre-planned.

"You look at the drop-goal he missed, but also the kick he is taking from 45metres-plus, at the angle.

"When Flood came on, he had a penalty and he just put it straight into the corner and England started to play from that.

"You start to think that is why England need a player who will turn down these high-risk penalty opportunities and start putting it in the corner.

"I don't know if that is team orders, or Jonny Wilkinson, or the captain Lewis Moody saying go for it, but I think it is harming the way England are playing the game."

Wilkinson's kicking coach Dave Alred was banned for the Scotland match after swapping the ball used by the 32-year-old in the win over Romania.

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