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Flood weighs up options

Leicester fly-half Toby Flood is considering effectively ending his England career by moving abroad.

The 28-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and has been linked with a move to Jonny Wilkinson's Toulon.

Such a switch would likely rule him out of international contention, but having been reduced to an understudy role of late Flood concedes he is left with a difficult decision.

Flood, who has held talks with England coach Stuart Lancaster, told the Daily Telegraph: "I would never leave Leicester for another English club but I know I have to make up my mind as it affects other people and their livelihoods.

"I have spoken to Stuart and tried to be as open and honest as I can be. But, no, I haven't been on the phone yet to Jonny.

"I imagine a move [overseas] would probably rule me out of England. For me, it is no longer about whether a move might further my career.

"It is about where I feel comfortable, about who I enjoy hanging out with and where I'm living."

Leicester, who have other fly-half options with Owen Williams and Ryan Lamb, have reportedly given Flood a month to make up his mind.