England fly-half Toby Flood looks ahead to touring New Zealand
Last Updated: 03/12/13 1:22pm
Toby Flood: Enthusiastic over New Zealand tour
England fly-half Toby Flood is relishing the chance to tour New Zealand in the summer of 2014.
The Leicester star played second fiddle to Owen Farrell for the autumn internationals but remains upbeat over the possibility of making the trip to take on the All Blacks on their own turf.
The 28-year-old told Sky Sports: "It's hugely important for us to go over there and get a couple of results. There's no harder place - they've been 'The Invincibles' this year and gone unbeaten. We have to react to that and put in endeavour and hard work to get a result there.
"We've struggled the last two times we've been there but we're looking forward to the challenge.
"It's a tough place to go. Everyone there cares so much about their rugby. You have to front up and get on with it. That's good for this England side - I think it's a reflection of what might happen in the 2015 World Cup."
"It's hugely important for us to go over there and get a couple of results. There's no harder place - they've been 'The Invincibles' this year and gone unbeaten. We have to react to that and put in endeavour and hard work to get a result there."
On his lack of playing time in the autumn internationals, during which England beat Australia and Argentina but lost to New Zealand, Flood added: "Like any player, you want to play as much as you can. You understand where you are and I you're spoken to really openly by the coaches.
"They let you know where you are in the pecking order and you have to fight to get your place back.
"What's nice about this England side is that nobody's in given the shirt and allowed to feel as though they're bedded in. Everyone is always on their toes and for me I'm just trying to play as well as I can for Leicester.
"There are a huge amount of guys who are injured with the likes of Brad Barritt, Manu Tuilagi, Marland Yarde, Christian Wade, Geoff Parling and Tom Croft. We have to manage that and it's going to be a 30-man effort at the 2015 World Cup. If not, beyond that. It's about dealing with the ups and downs."
Stuart Lancaster's men will face the Kiwis in the first Test at Eden Park, Auckland on June 7.