Alex's Goode fortunes

PUBLISHED: 10:58 21 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:50 26 October 2009

ALEX Goode is targeting English U20 success at the IRB Junior World Championships in June after helping his country to RBS Six Nations Grand Slam glory. The Saracens fly-half, who studies in Hatfield at the University of Hertfordshire, says the U20s are o

ALEX Goode is targeting English U20 success at the IRB Junior World Championships in June after helping his country to RBS Six Nations Grand Slam glory.

The Saracens fly-half, who studies in Hatfield at the University of Hertfordshire, says the U20s are on a high after their Six Nations triumph and will take that into the World Championships in Wales.

"We know we have got the potential to win it, it just depends how we handle the pressure," said Goode.

"The team is full of confidence and if we can keep that going and play as well as we have been, we will do outstandingly."

England have been drawn against Fiji, Canada and Australia in the group stages at the event to be held in Wales this summer.

The Aussies have already been touted as the ones to beat.

"The big game will be against Australia in the group stages and if we can win that we can go on and do some damage in the tournament," said Goode.

Before that, Goode will move to National League One side London Welsh on loan from Saracens, who have their training base at the Hertfordshire Sports Village in Hatfield.

"It will be interesting to see how it goes and I hope I get stronger and keep improving," said Goode.

"I'm excited to be playing first team rugby and it will be good preparation before the World Championships."

Looking back at the Grand Slam win, Goode was delighted to have been part of the side.

"I'm absolutely thrilled with the victory and to win the Grand Slam is awesome," he said.

"I can't put into words how pleased I am."

England defeated Wales, Italy, France, Scotland and then finally Ireland to claim the title.

Goode said: "Ireland had the best defence in the tournament and you could see that in the early stages, but when we managed to get quicker ball we looked really impressive and they couldn't live with us.

"When we beat France we knew we had the capability to go on and win the championship and that's what we did."

On a personal level, it's been equally as successful for Goode, who slotted 46 points during the tournament and won the man of the match of the award against Scotland

"This outweighs anything I've done before as a team or individually," he said.

"To be part of a Grand Slam winning side playing against such good teams is brilliant.

"I've proved to myself and others I'm good enough to play at this level and I'm really chuffed with the whole achievement.


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