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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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Wales v England - RBS Six Nations

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

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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England v Italy - RBS Six Nations

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

Andy Goode Column: My England Team To Face Italy

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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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)

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

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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England Captain's Run

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

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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Munster Rugby v Leicester Tigers - European Rugby Champions Cup

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

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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