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Reflecting on his professional career, he said, “I can honestly say I've loved playing for every team and I feel immensely proud to have achieved what I have at each club". In an emotional retirement announcement, he went on to say, “It’s with a heavy heart that I have to announce my retirement from rugby, after 17 years of playing the game I love, my mind is willing, my body, after two operations in the summer, unfortunately isn’t. Rugby has been unbelievable to me over my career and I’ve enjoyed some incredible highs and always tried to play, train, talk and live it with a smile on my face.
Andy Goode has just announced his retirement after a plague of injuries has prevented him from continuing his professional rugby career.
Goode, who played for Wasps Rugby Football Club, ends his career with London Irish, having played seventeen tests for the England national team. It was announced in February that Goode would join London Irish at the end of the season on a one year contract, but sadly his spell at the club will end much sooner than expected, commenting, “they have a fantastic Training facility at Hazelwood and I wish them every success in the future under their new coaches and leadership”.
In a statement made by Goode, he said, "I'm really disappointed I can't continue my career at London Irish and I've really enjoyed my short period with them”. The news comes as Goode struggled to recover from persistent injuries, which he sought surgery to correct in the summer, but sadly full recovery was not made. At 35 Goode leaves a great mark on English rugby. Aside from being a professional rugby player, Andy Goode is available for public appearances, and brand opportunities through the London based MN2S, a celebrity talent booking agency.
The first of a veritable plethora of accomplishments is the impressive feat of being the second highest scorer in rugby Premiership history. Goode’s seventeen year career first began with Leicester Tigers, where he made a major contribution to four successive Premiership titles and two European Cup triumphs, amassing 199 appearances between 1998 and 2008.
Goode won seventeen caps with the England national team, making his debut in 2005 in the Six Nations, where he scored against Italy. The former England no.10 appeared again in the 2009 Six Nations, scoring the opening try and sixteen points overall.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, after announcing his retirement, Goode reflected on his career, saying, “To represent England seventeen times is such an honour and something I'll look back on with pride,' said Goode. Winning the Premiership five times, the Heineken Cup twice and the Anglo Welsh Cup, were more than I could ever have wished for”.
As well as being a great rugby professional, Andy Goode is also a dedicated and established celebrity speaker, available for booking at corporate entertainment events or as a guest after dinner speaker. If you are interested in booking Andy, please contact one of MN2S’s experienced talent agents.