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Goode forced to retire

Recurring injuries have forced former England fly-half Andy Goode to retire from rugby union, aged 35.

Andy Goode, the second highest points scorer in Premiership rugby history has been advised by his physician and London Irish medical staff to hang up his boots.

Goode was set to join the London club for one more season in the top flight following stints at Leicester Tigers, Saracens, and Worcester Warriors.

The 35-year-old earned 17 test caps for his country and scored 102 points from his boot as well as one try for England.

This unfortunate news closes the curtain on a highly decorated career, which saw the Number 10 earn five Premiership titles, two European Cups and one Anglo Welsh Cup.

Leicester Tigers enjoyed the best of Goode in his early days, where he won the Premiership four times in a row.

Coventry born Goode enjoyed his most prolific stint since his Leicester days at his previous club Wasps, but he will be unable to catch Charlie Hodgson as the leading points scorer.

He is however, the record holder for the longest playing career in Premiership rugby history from debut to final game, of 16 years, 204 days.

Understandably disappointed, Goode has reflected on his situation and his career, and has graciously accepted his circumstances.

“I can honestly say I’ve loved playing for every team and I feel immensely proud to have achieved what I have at each club.’

“I’m really disappointed I can’t continue my career at London Irish and I have really enjoyed my short period with them. They have a fantastic Training facility at Hazelwood and I wish them every success in the future under their new coaches and leadership.”