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Flood staying focused

Toby Flood has spoken of his "burning desire" to win back his England place after a frustrating RBS 6 Nations campaign for the Leicester fly-half.

Flood, 26, made just one appearance after missing the start of the tournament with a knee injury.

Coach Stuart Lancaster had taken over from Martin Johnson, with Jonny Wilkinson's retirement offering Flood the chance to make the number 10 shirt his own, but he ultimately had to sit out the wins over Scotland and Italy. He said: "The injury came at a bad time for me as it kept me out of the start of the Six Nations."

Flood came on as a replacement in the thriller against Wales, but by the time he took the field Owen Farrell had already lit up the Twickenham stage with a superb performance which belied his inexperience at Test level.

With Hodgson back from a finger injury Flood was deemed surplus to requirements for the concluding fixtures against France and Ireland, but is determined to win his place back, starting with the summer tour to South Africa.

"I came back against Wales and I felt good," he added.

"It was frustrating not to be involved in the final two games, but I understand that Charlie had been starting before I returned and once he was fit again I can't blame Stuart for wanting to bring him back into the matchday squad.

"I have a burning desire to win my place back.

"But to be involved in that trip to South Africa you have to be performing well for your club in the Aviva Premiership and I will be doing all I can."


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