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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: England Have To Keep The Ball Tight And Attack The Welsh Front Five

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Dan Cole of England is seen during the RBS Six Nations match between England and France at Twickenham Stadium on February 4, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Like almost every Wales-England game in recent times, Saturday’s match is almost impossible to call. Where one side is extremely strong, the other is very vulnerable. Take the front row for example, where Joe Marler, Dylan Hartley, and Dan Cole will be looking to plunder every available advantage at scrum time. Conversely, Rob Evans, Ken Owens, and Tomas Francis will be wanting to just survive …

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Andy Goode Column: My England XV To Start Against France

1. Matt Mullan (Wasps) 2. Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints) 3. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers) 4. George Kruis (Saracens) 5. Joe Launchbury (Wasps) 6. Maro Itoje (Saracens) 7. James Haskell (Wasps) 8. Nathan Hughes (Wasps) 9. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers) 10. George Ford (Bath) 11. Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs) 12. Owen Farrell (Saracens) 13. Jonathan Joseph (Bath) 14. Elliot Daly (Wasps) …

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Andy Goode Column: Why Jones Should Consider Transitioning The Captaincy Away From Hartley

England Captain's Run

Although we face into what will be another weekend of top quality Champions Cup action, Eddie Jones, as he so often does, stole the headlines on Friday when he announced England’s Six Nations squad. Despite there being no glaring omissions, Jones once gain left us with quite a few talking points following his press conference. There was talk of possible changes at fullback, …

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Andy Goode Column: Munster Announced Themselves As A Force To Be Reckoned With Once More After Embarrassing The Tigers

Munster Rugby v Leicester Tigers - European Rugby Champions Cup

As a former Leicester Tigers player, it hurt watching their 38-0 trouncing at the hands of Munster last Saturday. the Tigers were outplayed across the park, and were absolutely dominated upfront. This is not the Leicester team of old, they don’t have enough squad depth in key positions and their back row was taught a lesson. For their part, Munster were magnificent. …

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Andy Goode Column: My Lions XV To Take On New Zealand

With the race to be included in Warren Gatland’s British and Irish Lions squad heating up, Andy Goode delivers his verdict on who should be starting against New Zealand next summer.     1. Mako Vunipola (England) 2. Rory Best (Ireland) 3. Tadhg Furlong (Ireland) 4. Maro Itoje (England) 5. Alun Wyn Jones (Wales) 6. Taulupe Faletau (Wales) 7. Sam Warburton (Wales) …

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Andy Goode Column: George Ford Should Be The Lions Fly Half – But I Don’t Expect Warren Gatland To Pick Him

England v South Africa - Old Mutual Wealth Series

George Ford has the ability to trouble New Zealand. Why is it that New Zealand make a habit of selecting players based on skill rather than size – as we tend do in the northern hemisphere. Beauden Barrett’s size lends itself to a perceived lack of physicality in defence, but that hasn’t stopped him from becoming the best player in …

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