Goode hoping to silence doubters and earn England place


Saracens full-back Alex Goode is hopeful he can impress former coach Eddie Jones and force his way into the England team.

Goode, despite picked out by former England coach Stuart Lancaster as the most naturally gifted member of his squad, was the second choice to Mike Brown during the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

But he was coached by Jones at Saracens in 2009, with the Australian moving Goode from fly-half to full-back.

Goode, who has helped Saracens to seven wins from seven matches to start the new Premiership season, has faced doubts over his pace.

However, he told The Guardian: "You can't get too worried about perceptions and what people from the outside think.They don't see you training every day or the tests.

"I focus with the conditioning staff to get the best out of my body. I am getting better and better and improving week on week.

"I am pretty happy with the way I am going. The England conditioning staff are happy with what I am doing.

"He [Jones] is very meticulous. He leaves no stone unturned. He works very hard and watches a lot of rugby.

"His attention to detail is phenomenal. He is an intense guy who expects a lot from his players.

"I had played for Saracens before he arrived but not much so while I was waiting in the wings he put me in at 15 to give me a shot really. It went pretty well but I don't want to make it look like I am sucking up to him too much."