As preseason is well underway in the north-east, returning fly-half Toby Flood spoke exclusively to Pundit Arena’s Nick Heath about what he learned from his time with Toulouse and how the Premiership has changed over time.
“Everything is different in France, nothing works to a clock, you don’t have things laid on for you and I think you can become slightly pressured as a professional player, you go to a changing room and you have your routine and you always want those to be the same. If only the preseasons here were like the preseasons in France I could probably play until I was like forty-two but sadly you realise how much running you’re supposed to get down your neck in the UK.”
He went on to add,
“I think the game in France is more attritional, it’s sort of a weight-based game and it’s dominant whereas here in the UK I think you’ve got speed and power so I think it’s going to take me a little time to get accustomed to it, to get used to it again. It’s going to be a different challenge and it has definitely got better and I think the quality almost keeps improving.”
“I was watching a 2006 game… and I have to say that even in that small nine years, you can see the real difference of quality of defences, of personnel, of size, of speed, of everything so… it’s almost improved beyond recognition.”