Thursday, June 21, 2012
ALEX Goode, a former Hatfield student, will make his first international start for England in Saturday’s third Test of the Castle series against South Africa at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth.
The Saracen, who studied at the University of Hertfordshire, came off the bench in the second Test and will start at full-back in place of Ben Foden, who takes over from David Strettle on the left wing.
Goode’s elevation is one of six personnel changes from the side that started in Johannesburg with Danny Care, Alex Corbisiero and Tom Palmer getting first tour Test starts for Ben Youngs, Joe Marler and Mouritz Botha, while James Haskell replaces the injured Chris Robshaw and Thomas Waldrom is in for Ben Morgan at No 8. Brad Barritt has recovered from eye surgery and is among the replacements.
England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster, said: “I am really pleased for Alex. He has worked hard in training and has been pushing Mike Brown and