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Alred return kick-starts England

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Simon Austin | 10:16 UK time, Thursday, 24 February 2011

Chris Ashton's swallow dive might have become the emblem of England's resurgence in this season's Six Nations, but Toby Flood's boot has been arguably as impressive.

England have a 100% goalkicking record in this season's tournament, and most of those 15 kicks have been converted by Flood.

His metronomic boot has brought back memories of Jonny Wilkinson in his pomp, and it's perhaps no coincidence that Flood has recently been working with Wilkinson's long-time mentor, Dave Alred.

"Dave has raised the bar for what we're doing," the Leicester fly-half told BBC Sport at England's Pennyhill Park training base earlier this week.

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