Eddie Jones explains why he never fancied Saracens legend Alex Goode

Alex Goode will become only the fourth player to make 300 Saracens appearances against Wasps on Saturday.

The full-back, who can also ply his trade at fly-half, earned international recognition with England in 2012, making his Test debut against South Africa and has gone on to earn 21 caps and represent the Barbarians.

However, Goode’s tally of just 21 international caps is a woeful misrepresentation as the most talented full back of his generation.

In his autobiography, Jones finally explained why Goode never played a part in his plans.

According to the Aussie, ‘he could not match the pace and snarl of his long-term rival Mike Brown.’ 

Goode established himself as a regular in the 2008/09 season, ironically at fullback under Jones, and his consistency of high level performances has contributed to the club winning five Premiership titles and three European Cups.

Named Premiership Rugby Player of the Season in 2015/16, Goode excelled in 2018/19 as Saracens won the double and was recognised for his displays by being voted European Player of the Year.


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