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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: My England XV To Whitewash Australia

Australia v England

1. Mako Vunipola When Joe Marler announced his decision to sit out the tour of Australia, Mako was handed the opportunity to make the loose-head jersey his own. He has done just that, with two massive performances both in the loose and at scrum time. 2. Dylan Hartley It was not too long ago when questions were raised as to appropriateness …

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Andy Goode Column: Jack Nowell Shouldn’t Have Been Dropped But I Understand Why Marland Yarde Has Been Selected

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 29: Marland Yarde of England celebrates after scoring a try during the Old Mutual Wealth Cup between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on May 29, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

England boss Eddie Jones has selected a team based on physicality. Since naming his team, Jones has been accused by some in the media of being conservative. His decision to pick Marland Yarde over Jack Nowell in particular has casued a great deal of controversy. Personally, I don’t think Nowell has done anything wrong for either England or Exeter, but Eddie seems to …

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Andy Goode Column: My England XV To Start Against Australia

England v Wales - Old Mutual Wealth Cup

1. Mako Vunipola With Joe Marler taking time off, and Matt Mullan inexperienced at test level, Mako Vunipola should really get the nod to start the first test against Australia. Saying that, he shouldn’t get too comfortable, because he faces a tough test against Sekope Kepu in the scrum.   2. Dylan Hartley Although Dylan has played little rugby after suffering a serious concussion against …

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Andy Goode Column: My Team Of The Season

Saracens v Wasps - European Rugby Champions Cup Semi Final

 1. Mako Vunipola (Saracens) 2. Mike Haywood (Northampton Saints) 3. Paul Hill (Northampton Saints)  4. Maro Itoje (Saracens) 5. George Kruis (Saracens) 6. Nili Latu (Newcastle Falcons) 7. George Smith (Wasps) 8. Billy Vunipola (Saracens) 9. Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens) 10. Gareth Steenson (Exeter Chiefs) 11.  Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs) 12. Charles Piutau (Wasps) 13. Elliot Daly (Wasps) 14. Telusa Veainu (Leicester Tigers) 15. Alex Goode (Saracens) Andy …

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