• Marc Luther Thomas

Alex Goode backs England to reach World Cup Final

Saracens full-back and England International Alex Goode has backed his country to reach the final of this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Goode, who has 21 caps for his country, predicts England will face South Africa in the tournament’s showpiece event on Saturday 2nd November after overcoming New Zealand in the semi-finals.

‘England are in a really good place at the moment,’ Goode said. ‘Eddie Jones has got a lot of players who are playing very well. There’s a lot of competition for places which you want, but he’s also got a good idea of his best players and his best starting XV, which is important.

‘I believe England will definitely get to the final. I predict they’ll beat New Zealand in the semi-finals, it’ll be physical rugby but they’ll go on to play South Africa and I don’t know what will happen then.’

Goode, who was named 2019 EPCR European Player of the Year, was speaking at the Guinness National Rugby Awards, which honour the achievements of the entire rugby community in the biggest celebration of grassroots rugby in the country.

Goode joined former England internationals Ollie Phillips, Topsy Ojo and Women’s World Cup winner Nolli Waterman along with Sky Sports’ Alex Payne at the awards, which took place at Twickenham Stadium on Thursday 29th August, to celebrate winners in 11 categories including Team of the Year, Club of the Year and Player of the Year.

‘The Guinness National Rugby Awards are so important because they’re recognising people who have done incredible work. It’s always good to praise people for their work and for their family and friends to be here to see that is phenomenal,’ Goode explained.

‘To have the Guinness National Rugby Awards at a place like Twickenham so people can experience what the stadium is like and visit the England changing rooms is incredible. You can see how much it means to everyone here.’

Guinness provided a selection of prizes to reward winners. These included a coin toss experience at a Guinness Six Nations match, coaching alongside members of the England rugby teams and a clubhouse facelift worth £4,000.

Editor’s notes


Alex Goode has spent the entirety of his club career at Saracens, during which time he has made over 250 appearances for the club and his consistency of high-level performances has contributed to the them winning five Premiership titles and three European Cups.

Having previously been named Premiership Player of the Season, Goode went on to excel for Saracens in 2018/19 as they won the double. Goode was recognised for his displays by being voted European Player of the Year.

The full-back, who can also ply his trade at fly-half, has been capped 21 times by England, having made his debut in 2012 when coming off the bench in a 36-27 defeat to South Africa.


The National Rugby Awards were created in 2015 to honour the achievements of every rugby club in the country and to celebrate the coaches, players and supporters for their dedication, commitment and enthusiasm. The National Rugby Awards recognises all those who contribute in so many ways to the great game of rugby in England.

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