Go,Go, Andy to be Goode for England

It used to be Go Go Jonny be Good but now after England have again been hit by a crucial injury at number 10, Andy Goode will start at fly-half for England when they face South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday in the second in a two test series.

Goode who is 26 and plays for Leicester replaces the injured Charlie Hodgson who will miss the Six nations.

There are three other changes to the XV which beat the Springboks 23-21 last weekend, with Lee Mears, Chris Jones and Phil Vickery being handed starts.

The London Wasps pair of Tim Payne and Mark van Gisbergen, who were called up to the squad on Monday, are named on the bench.

When Goode came on South Africa led 13-6 and he had a steadying influence as England fought back to claim a crucial victory that prevented them from becoming statistically the worst England team in history by avoiding a record eighth defeat in a row.

Vickery’s selection is however more significant and this is his first start in a year. He has captained England in the past and was a favourite to do so again beofre picking up another injury.

Vickery who normally plays tight-head lifted a drowning England team when he went over for the match winning try. He will start in in place of Andrew Sheridan at loose head.

A week is a long time in sport and last week England were on a losing streak. They are now in search of an eighth win in a row over South Africa, who have not won at Twickenham since 1997.

England Team

England: Lewsey, Cueto, Tait, Noon, Cohen, Goode, Richards, Vickery, Mears, White, Palmer, Jones, Worsley, Sanderson, Corry.
Replacements: Chuter, Payne, Kay, Moody, Perry, Flood, Van Gisbergen.

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