The New Season
How good is he
August 31 2018
Flood was born in Frimley, Surrey. Both of his grandfathers were actors. His paternal grandfather, Gerald Flood, featured in the television drama series The Ratcatchers. His maternal grandfather was German actor Albert Lieven, who appeared in The Guns of Navarone, and his maternal grandmother was English actress Susan Shaw. Flood's father, Tim, is the programme and marketing manager of the Customs House Theatre, South Shields. Flood was brought up in Morpeth, Northumberland where he attended Chantry School. He also went to the Kings School in Tynemouth. Flood graduated from Northumbria University in 2007 with a degree in business management and has also undertaken a Graduate Diploma in Law, in preparation for his planned post-rugby career as a lawyer.
A product of the Falcons academy, his third year at the university was completed on a part-time basis due to his rugby commitments. Jonny Wilkinson trained the Kings School first team while Flood was a student there. On 3 May 2008, it was announced that Flood was set to leave Newcastle Falcons for Leicester Tigers. He was officially confirmed as a Leicester player on 11 June 2008.
As a Tigers player, he settled at fly-half, having been switched between centre and fly-half in his career up until then. He was the first to top their points scoring list in a debut season since Dusty Hare in 1976–77. His debut game was in the first game of the season, against Gloucester, in which he managed to score a try. The shine came off his season, however, when he injured his Achilles tendon in the 2008-09 Heineken Cup semi-final game against Cardiff Blues – right before professional rugby's first ever sudden-death kicking competition. He was unable to take part in either of the Tigers' finals that year.
The injury unfortunately ruled Flood out of the first two months of the 2009–10 season as well, and he returned in November, in a 2009-10 LV= Cup win against Newport Gwent Dragons. He stayed relatively injury-free for the rest of the season, however, and his good form helped the Tigers to top the table. They went on to win the 2009-10 Guinness Premiership final 33–27 against Saracens.
Flood captained the Tigers to victory over fierce rivals Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership Final 2013.
On 21 December 2013 it was announced that Flood would leave the Tigers. The Daily Telegraph reported that Toby has signed for Toulouse.
On 9 May 2017, it was announced that Flood would return to Newcastle Falcons for the 2017-18 season, signalling a return to his first top-flight club more than 9 years after he left them for Tigers.pqs: qs:
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Great timing that the site goes off just before the season starts
It happens nearly every year, and unfortunately I was away so couldn't do anything about it. Thanks to Aidan for getting the site up & running again.
Sportnetwork really do need to have a good long think about the way these sites are managed. To zap the rugby sites on the first day of the season when people have had a) nothing to write about for months, b) been allowed not to update the sites for weeks, and c) may still be on holiday or trying to catch up after being away is downright stupid.
Personally I am fed up with it all, and I know many others are too. Harlequins have gone off to a new site, Gloucester have never really joined Sportnetwork at all, and there are so many irritations I suspect that others will follow. Hardly any of the top football clubs are covered these days, it is all going down the tubes & needs to be made more user-friendly or eventually people will vote with their apathy.