Worcester have announced the signing of former England fly-half Andy Goode, once his loan stint in Durban with the Sharks is over.
Goode, who has played 17 times for England and scored 107 points, will join up with Warriors this summer after successful spells in France with CA Brive and Durban based Super 14 giants Sharks.
The Coventry-born star is one of the most prolific scorers in English club rugby history, currently standing third in the all-time Guinness Premiership standings with 1,484 points.
The 29-year-old won four successive league titles and two Heineken Cup winners medals during his glittering career at Leicester Tigers
Goode (who wears Nike Laser 3 Rugby Boots) left Welford Road and signed for French club CA Brive in 2008 and enjoyed a hugely 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 has also become the first English player to move into the top-flight of the Super 14.
The hugely talented fly half, nominated for the Zurich Player of the Season in 2004/5 and PRA Players’ Player of the Year, made his England debut 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.
Goode, who has also represented England at Schools Under 18, Under 21 and A level, scored the opening try of the 2009 Six Nations as he scored 16 points against Italy. He scored 22 points against Argentina at Old Trafford in June 2009 and 17 points against them in Salta.
“We’re delighted to announce we’ve signed Andy Goode,” said Director Rugby Mike Ruddock.
“I believe that Andy’s pedigree is without question and he has been one of English rugby’s top performers over the last decade with England, Leicester Tigers and most recently Brive.
“He helped guide Leicester to a succession of league titles and is one of the Guinness Premiership’s highest all-time point scorers. In his first season in France he also showed his skills, ability and quality to adapt to a different environment as he finished as the second highest point scorer. His standing and reputation in the game has been further enhanced by his recent move to Sharks and the Super 14. He is playing in their tour of Australia and New Zealand and this will only further develop his experience and benefit the Warriors long term.
“Andy brings with him a wealth of experience and is still only 29-years-old. He provides very strong leadership qualities and supreme goal kicking accuracy that can take us to the next level. He also fits the English qualified criteria that we are keen to establish even further at the Warriors.
“Andy always displays great composure and calm on the field and his great goal kicking temperament under pressure to win close games is a huge asset.
Goode, who attended King Henry VIII School in Coventry and Bromsgrove School in Worcestershire, the same as fellow England star Matt Mullan, said he was looking forward to his return to England.
“I’m really looking forward to making the move to Worcester Warriors and excited by the plans the club has and the vision of Mike Ruddock and Cecil Duckworth going forward from next season,” he said.
“I have spoken to Mike on several occasions about the Warriors and was impressed by his real passion to bring success and the way in which he sees me being a key role of that development over the coming years.
“I’ve also been impressed by the club’s recruitment ahead of next season, particularly the capture of Luke Rooney who I faced in the Top 14. I’m sure Luke will become a real asset to the Warriors and I look forward to combining with him and all the squad at Sixways.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my playing spell with Brive, I’ve made some fantastic friends and really benefitted from playing in a new environment.
“I’m now looking forward to the wonderful opportunity I’ve been given to take part in the Super 14 with Sharks and broadening my skills and experience.”
Lovell Rugby thinks this is a great signing for the Warriors. A fantastic proven Premiership/International player, who will relish being back in the Premiership.