Goode graduates to England Saxons

PUBLISHED: 14:35 05 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:47 26 October 2009

Alex Goode [Picture Huw Evans / IRB]

Alex Goode [Picture Huw Evans / IRB]

HATFIELD student and Saracens starlet Alex Goode helped lead England Saxons to a 66-0 thrashing of Portugal last Friday night. The Sarries playmaker, who is the nephew of Tewin s Olympic badminton couple Andy and Jo Goode, is now only a step away from mak

HATFIELD student and Saracens starlet Alex Goode helped lead England Saxons to a 66-0 thrashing of Portugal last Friday night.

The Sarries playmaker, who is the nephew of Tewin's Olympic badminton couple Andy and Jo Goode, is now only a step away from making the full international side.

In the 10-try rout, there were two scores apiece for Leicester Tigers pair Harry Ellis and Tom Varndell and Saracens centre Adam Powell.

Noah Cato, also of Saracens, London Wasps player Dom Waldouck and Tigers duo Matt Smith and Jordan Crane also found the line.

Goode came off the bench in place of Bristol fly-half Ed Barnes on 49 minutes and kicked four conversions at Edgeley Park in Stockport.

England's young side earned the praise of Saxons head coach Stuart Lancaster.

He said after the game: "We played some really good rugby and I'm delighted for the boys.

"Portugal put a lot of pressure on us in the opening stages and we struggled to get our composure and tempo.

"But when we adjusted and got some depth, things started to come and we scored some great individual tries."

Goode, who studies at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield where Sarries have their training base, looks set for a bright future in the sport.

He played for England's U20 side last season and helped the team to a RBS Six Nations Grand Slam and the final of the U20 IRB World Junior Championship against New Zealand in Wales.

Goode has been a regular in the Saracens first team this season, playing 14 times and scoring one try.

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