Leicester Tigers fly-half Toby Flood has admitted that the decision to move to France and effectively give up his England career was not an easy one.
The 28-year-old said that he agonised over the move and endured many "sleepless nights" before he finally made the decision to move to a Top 14 team, with Toulouse his expected destination.
He told The Times: "The hardest decision was leaving the boys behind or staying with them. That was always the biggest thing, always the biggest factor. Accompanying that was other bits and pieces. England, where we wanted to be, what opportunity you had, and certain situations surrounding terms and contracts.
"It was all thrown into the melting pot and ultimately it came down to a decision of what I felt was right, for me now, for the next three, four, five years.
"It was undoubtedly a very tough decision, one weighed up on many factors and it was quite a few sleepless nights. It was hugely close. You don't want to say a flip of the coin, it certainly wasn't. There were certainly two or three factors in the negotiations that probably came down to me thinking this was my last shot at it."
England coach Stuart Lancaster has a policy where he will usually only pick England players who are playing in England so this could spell the end of Flood's international career, but the fly-half has a international release clause in his contract so his international career is now set for negotiations.
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