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Toby Flood retires from professional rugby

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Former Leicester Tigers player Toby Flood has announced his retirement from professional rugby.

The fly-half made 119 appearances for Leicester between 2008-14, winning three Premiership titles at the club.

Flood made his professional debut in 2004 for Newcastle Falcons, gaining an international cap for England in 2006 before joining Tigers in 2008.

He made the move to French rugby to join Toulouse for three seasons in 2014, before returning to Falcons ahead of the 2017/18 Premiership campaign. 

Flood made 60 appearances for England between 2006-14.

Speaking in the official announcement via Newcastle Falcons, Flood said: “A professional rugby career just flies by, and it’s mad to think this was going to be my 18th pre-season. I know a lot of people who haven’t been anywhere near that lucky, and I’m incredibly grateful to have had such a long stint.

“There’s a lot of pleasure and satisfaction from every stop on that journey, and too many people to thank. The good wins are the ones that create the best memories and the bad losses are the ones that tend to stick in your mind more - but it was fun while it lasted.”

Flood will move into a coaching role at Falcons – a role he will combine with studying for his Masters degree in business at Cambridge University.