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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: South Africa Can Take Advantage Of England’s Vulnerabilities

Barbarians v South Africa - Killik Cup

Although Ireland’s performance against New Zealand seemed to set the northern hemisphere nations up for a crack at their distinguished guests from south of the equator, Wales left a lot to be desired last weekend. While Ireland were accurate in everything they did in Chicago, Wales were sloppy against Australia. Their defence was porous and their error count stratospheric. Some …

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Andy Goode Column: My England XV To Face The Springboks

England v South Africa - QBE International

England will face South Africa on November 12. 1. Mako Vunipola (Saracens) 2. Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints) 3. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers) 4. Maro Itoje (Saracens) 5. George Kruis (Saracens) 6. Chris Robshaw (Harlequins) 7. Sam Jones (Wasps) 8. Billy Vunipola (Saracens) 9. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers) 10. George Ford (Bath) 11. Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs) 12. Owen Farrell (Saracens) 13. …

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Andy Goode Column: The Saracens Players Have Been Taking The Mickey Out Of Chris Ashton

Chris Ashton was rightly slammed for biting Northampton’s Alex Waller last weekend. It was a moment of sheer recklessness, where the winger allowed the red mist come down. Although some people were saying that there were mitigating circumstances, and that Waller shoved his forearm in Ashton’s face, I think the Saracens player was a bit lucky to get away with a …

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Andy Goode Column: The Teams I Expect To Lose Out In The Tightest Relegation Dog Fight We Have Ever Seen

Harlequins v Bristol - Aviva Premiership

Not only will the race for the play-off positions be massively competitive this season, but for those fighting to avoid the drop into the Championship, the coming campaign will be truly testing. In all, there are four or five teams who could potentially go down, with established sides such as Gloucester and Harlequins in danger of becoming entangled in the …

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Andy Goode Column: My British And Irish Lions Starting XV

When the Lions tour New Zealand next summer, they will need power and mobility to overcome the mighty All Blacks. That’s why I have gone with Iain Henderson in the second row alongside Maro Itoje, and Taulupe Faletau at six to offer extra dynamism in the backrow. My team also includes four south sea islanders, who will love nothing more than to …

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Andy Goode Column: Richard Cockerill Will Only Come Under Pressure If The Tigers Don’t Qualify For The Premiership Semi Finals

Wasps v Leicester Tigers - Aviva Premiership

Although Saracens have replaced the Leicester Tigers as the Premiership’s dominant side, make no mistake about it, my old team remain box office and will maintain their place among England’s elite clubs in the future. Richard Cockerill has assembled a squad filled with attacking intent, and with Aaron Mauger now calling the shots as head coach, the Tigers are playing …

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Andy Goode Column: What Next For The Eddie Jones Crusade

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 25: Eddie Jones,(L) the England head coach looks on with skills coach Glen Ella during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at Allianz Stadium on June 25, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Hats off to Eddie Jones Eddie Jones is now nine from nine in England test matches and has given the squad so much confidence, what the squad did in Australia to go away there and win three nil there with some outstanding performances was simply fantastic. Whats most interesting about Eddie Jones is his man management, Haskell as an example …

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