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Andy Goode

Andy Goode
Andy is a former professional rugby player, hater of pre-season, and an all-round cult hero. You can read his column exclusively on Pundit Arena.

Andy Goode Column: Saracens’ Impenetrable Defence Will Secure Them Back-To-Back Champions Cup Titles

If you look back to Saracens’ 26-10 victory over Munster at the Aviva Stadium, the first half performance from Mark McCall’s side tells you everything you need to know about this team.  Munster had loads of possession and dominated the territory but that stingy Saracens defence which we have all grown accustomed to just would not wilt and their physicality …

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Andy Goode Column: Jamie George Has A Better Chance Of Touring With The Lions Than Dylan Hartley

Wales v England - RBS Six Nations

Despite the positivity surrounding Scottish rugby at the moment it’s hard to see Scotland winning in Twickenham on Saturday. Vern Cotter has his side playing some wonderful attacking rugby, but you only have to look at how France bullied their tight five to see where England will be looking to win the game. Scotland will of course cause England problems through …

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Andy Goode Column: My England Team To Face Scotland

Pundit Arena rugby columnist Andy Goode picks his England XV to take on Scotland in the Calcutta Cup next weekend at Twickenham. 1. Mako Vunipola (Saracens) 2. Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints) 3. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers) 4. Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints) 5. Joe Launchbury (Wasps) 6. Maro Itoje (Saracens) 7. James Haskell (Wasps) 8. Billy Vunipola (Saracens) 9. Ben Youngs …

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Andy Goode Column: England’s Lack Of Leaders Might Have Handed Ireland The Advantage In The Six Nations

England v Italy - RBS Six Nations

Let me begin this weekend’s column by praising Italy, Conor O’Shea and Brendan Venter. What they did in Twickenham wasn’t anything new, but it caught England by complete surprise and the Italian coaching team should be applauded rather than vilified. Instead of Eddie Jones and some elements within the media calling for the laws to be changed, they should really …

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Andy Goode Column: My England Team To Face Italy

Wales v England - RBS Six Nations

1. Mako Vunipola (Saracens) 2. Jamie George (Saracens) 3. Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins) 4. Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints) 5. Joe Launchbury (Wasps) 6. Maro Itoje (Saracens) 7. James Haskell (Wasps) 8. Nathan Hughes (Wasps) 9. Danny Care (Harlequins) 10. Owen Farrell (Saracens) 11. Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs) 12. Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors) 13. Jonathan Joseph (Bath) 14. Anthony Watson (Bath) 15. …

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