Flood wary of Croke Park aura

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Flood wary of Croke Park aura

England flyhalf Toby Flood has warned his team of the dangers of getting lost in the atmosphere at Croke Park this weekend.

Flood, who was named ahead of Andy Goode at No 10 for this weekend’s crunch Six nations encounter, watched from the sidelines as his team come out on the wrong side of a 43-13 drubbing the last time he visited the famous ground.

While he admits the stadium has an atmosphere second to none, the 23-year-old has warned his team-mates not to be distracted, or they could face another tough afternoon in the Irish capital.

“I didn’t get on which was a blessing the way it went, although it was a fantastic game to be involved in. It was my favourite Six Nations game because of what it was. Never mind the result, just the occasion.

“But we must win this time. We can’t be drawn into the whole atmosphere and the occasion.”

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