Andy Goode

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Andy Goode
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Birth nameAndrew James Goode
Date of birth (1980-04-03) 3 April 1980 (age 42)
Place of birthCoventry, England
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight97 kg (214 lb; 15 st 4 lb)[1]
SchoolKing Henry VIII School, Coventry
Bromsgrove School, Worcestershire
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fly-half, Fullback
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1998–2002 Leicester Tigers 78 (260)
2002–2003 Saracens 37 (418)
2003–2008 Leicester Tigers 121 (1,539)
2008–2010 Brive 36 (316)
2010 Sharks 8 (37)
2010–2013 Worcester Warriors 83 (823)
2013–2015 Wasps 51 (468)
2015–2016 Newcastle Falcons 9 (73)
1998–2016 Total 423 (3,934)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2005–2009 England 17 (107)

Andrew James Goode (born 3 April 1980)[2] is a sports pundit and retired rugby union player. Goode had an 18-year professional career playing over 400 games and scoring over 4,000 points. He played professionally in England, France and South Africa featuring for Leicester Tigers, Saracens, Worcester Warriors, Wasps and Newcastle Falcons in England's Premiership Rugby, CA Brive in France's Top 14 and for Super Rugby's Sharks in South Africa. Goode represented England 17 times between 2005 and 2009 scoring 107 points.

Goode is the second highest scorer of all time in Premiership Rugby, having previously been the record holder. During his career he won five Premiership titles (1999–2002 and 2007) and two European Cups (2001 and 2002) all with Leicester; he also won the RFU Championship with Worcester Warriors.

Early life[edit]

Born 3 April 1980 in Coventry, Goode attended King Henry VIII School in Coventry and Bromsgrove School in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. He started playing rugby union at the age of five at Barkers Butts, before moving to Nuneaton at 12.[3] Up until then he had played at scrum half but soon found out he enjoyed the game better at fly-half. He also played for Warwickshire and the Midlands. He joined Coventry aged 16.

In 1998 Goode was selected to play for England Schools U18 and represented England at U21 level, playing at the 2000 SANZAR tournament in New Zealand.

Club career[edit]

Goode joined Leicester Tigers as a youngster, despite his youth he played a substantial part in the Tigers' record four successive Premiership titles and also won two Heineken Cup winners' medals. Goode started the 2001 final[4] and was an unused replacement in the 2002 final.[5] He later moved to Saracens and after moved back to his old club Leicester in 2003.

Goode was nominated for player of the Season 2004-5[6] and the PRA Players' Player of the Year.[7] He also ended the season voted player of the year by the Leicester Tigers members and players[8] and in March 2008, Goode became the all-time leading points scorer in the English Premiership, overtaking Jonny Wilkinson.[9] Goode won his fifth Premiership medal in 2007, starting the final as Leicester defeated Gloucester. In the game Goode scored a try, three conversions and a penalty.[10]

Following Leicester's 07/08 season, Goode left Welford Road and signed for French club CA Brive. Goode had a very impressive start in the Top 14, scoring 235 points in his first season, making him the second highest point scorer in the 2008–09 Top 14 season.

He spent the early part of 2010 on loan to South African Super 14 franchise, the Sharks. He made his Sharks debut off the bench against the Crusaders, but was sin-binned six minutes from full-time in this game following a head high tackle on Dan Carter.[11]

In February 2010, Goode signed with then English Premiership side Worcester Warriors. He joined the side in the summer, in preparation for the new season starting in September 2010.

Goode scored a try, two conversions, a penalty and a drop-goal in leading Worcester Warriors to victory in the second leg of the Championship final against Cornish Pirates. This guaranteed promotion to the English Premiership for the 2011/2012 season.

He returned to Welford Road in April 2012 for the match against Leicester Tigers but was sent off in the first half after hitting his old team Tom Croft high and late with his arm.[12] Despite this performance, Andy Goode's consistent kicking performances were important in ensuring they ended the season above London Wasps and Newcastle Falcons.

On 5 March 2013 it was announced that Goode would join London Wasps from the start of the 2013/2014 season.

On 21 December 2014, in Wasps' first permanent home match at the Ricoh Arena in his home town of Coventry, Goode set a Premiership record of 33 points in a single match with 1 try, 2 conversions and 8 penalties, beating the joint record of 32 points set by Niall Woods and equalled by Dave Walder and Tim Stimpson, as Wasps beat London Irish 48–16.[13]

On 16 February 2015, it was announced Goode would join London Irish at the end of the season.[14] However, on 8 September 2015, it was announced Goode would retire due to injury problems without playing a single game for London Irish and was therefore released from his contract.[15]

On 28 December 2015, after having his injuries treated with a botulinum toxin solution,[16] Goode came out of retirement with the Newcastle Falcons for three months as injury cover for Mike Delaney and Ruki Tipuna.[17] Goode's first outing in Newcastle colours was in an Aviva A League match against Leicester Tigers A on 4 January 2016. He made his last appearance for Newcastle on 27 March 2016 and retired for a second time.[18]

Goode was inducted into Premiership Rugby's Hall of fame in June 2021.[19]

International career[edit]

Goode played five times for England Saxons in 2001 and 2002. He has also played 17 times for England.

Goode made his England début as a replacement for Charlie Hodgson in the 2005 Six Nations victory over Italy, in which he also scored his first points from a conversion.

Just before the 2009 Six Nations, Goode was called up to train with the England team and was subsequently named in the starting line-up for the match against Italy.[20] Goode went on to score the opening try of the 2009 Six Nations and converted it himself, ending the match with 16 points. While playing against Argentina Old Trafford on 6 June 2009 he scored 22 points.[21] He then scored 17 points against them in the match in Salta.[22]

After Retirement[edit]

After retiring from professional rugby, Goode has become popular as a sport TV pundit and by hosting a podcast named "The Rugby Pod" with Jim Hamilton, another former international rugby union player from Scotland.[23]


  1. ^ "Aviva Premiership Rugby – Worcester Warriors". web page. Premier Rugby. Archived from the original on 7 February 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Andy Goode ESPN profile". ESPN. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Andy Goode England Profile". Rugby Football Union. 26 November 2006. Archived from the original on 6 April 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2009.
  4. ^ "European glory seals Leicester treble". BBC. 19 May 2001. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Leicester hang on to defend Heineken crown". ESPN. 25 May 2002. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Zurich Premiership awards nominees". Zurich Premiership. 26 April 2005. Archived from the original on 25 February 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2009.
  7. ^ "Corry handed top PRA honour". RBS 6Nations. 12 May 2005. Archived from the original on 29 September 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2009.
  8. ^ Kahn, Howard (28 April 2005). "Tigers No.10 Goode in The Awards Again". Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2009.
  9. ^ Stephens, Paul (16 March 2008). "Record-breaker Andy Goode stars for Leicester". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 25 February 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2009.
  10. ^ "Premiership final". BBC. 12 May 2007. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  11. ^ "Late surge helps Crusaders maul Sharks". Stuff (company). 27 February 2010. Retrieved 19 February 2010.
  12. ^ Goode, Andy. "Red card embarrassment". Living Rugby. Archived from the original on 14 September 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2012.
  13. ^ "Premiership: Wasps 48-16 London Irish". BBC. 21 December 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  14. ^ "Andy Goode: London Irish sign experienced Wasps fly-half". BBC Sport. 16 February 2015.
  15. ^ "Andy Goode: Ex-England fly-half forced to retire by injuries". BBC Sport. 8 September 2015.
  16. ^ "Botox-style injections bring England rugby player back to the pitch". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  17. ^ "Andy Goode: Newcastle Falcons sign retired ex-England fly-half". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  18. ^ "Newcastle 20 - Wasps 34: Dean Richards livid at referee as Wasps sting Falcons". The Telegraph. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  19. ^ "FOUR NEW LEGENDS INDUCTED INTO THE PREMIERSHIP RUGBY HALL OF FAME". Premiership Rugby. 25 June 2021. Retrieved 28 June 2021.
  20. ^ "England recall for fly-half Goode". The BBC. 3 February 2009. Archived from the original on 6 February 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2009.
  21. ^ "England 37-15 Argentina". BBC. 6 June 2009. Retrieved 21 March 2022.
  22. ^ "Argentina 24-22 England". BBC. 13 June 2009. Retrieved 21 March 2022.
  23. ^ "The Rudgy Pod official website". Retrieved 12 November 2020.

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