Six Nations 2011: Toby Flood talks tech
World Cup hero Jonny Wilkinson's boots are big ones to fill, but Leicester Tiger Toby Flood has relished his role as England's latest fly-half. With 35 caps to his name ahead of the upcoming Six Nations tournament, Flood is hoping to end 2011 with trophies for England and the Tigers.. If he can just put down Stick Cricket.
I quite enjoy the whole tech side of things. I enjoy playing PlayStation 3, I’ve got a TV with surround sound, a Bose setup which is pretty cool, iPod… all that.
I always take a laptop when travelling with the team and normally take my PlayStation along as well. With the laptop, when you’ve got a bit of downtime you can watch stuff online or do a bit of reading to chill out.
I have bought an iPad for a friend but I haven’t adopted it myself yet. I’m waiting for the next generation to come out with a camera on it so I can Skype or FaceTime from it so I’m holding off. A few of the other guys have one though and they are pretty awesome.
I’ve just downloaded Stick Cricket for my iPhone and I absolutely love it. It’s awesome; completely and utterly useless but a lot of fun. I also use the BBC News app a lot; I probably check the sport headlines four or five times a day.
The Six Nations has been so open in recent years: three different Grand Slams in three different years is pretty brilliant for the spectators. You never know who is going to win.
The way we have played in patches leading up to the Six Nations gives us an opportunity to go out there and perform to our highest level. We have lost a couple of guys to injury but hopefully we can prove ourselves.
It all starts with Wales at the Millennium Stadium. It’s a huge start and it could all come down to that first game.
There aren’t really any players I fear going up against. When you pull on the England shirt and you’re in that environment you can’t really go out there worrying or fearing the other team; you just focus on your own game and fully believe in your own ability.
The England player I would probably least like to face is Tom Croft because of his athleticism and the way he carries the ball.
Players that feel you need to have fake tan and hair gel and this and that to play, that’s totally up to them. It’s not something that would encourage me.
Toby Flood wears Nike Pro Combat base layers Hyperwarm and Hyperstrong as part of his training and playing kit.