Alex's first start for England
Old Leysian Alex Goode emerged with great credit from his first start for England in the final Rugby Test against South Africa in Port Elizabeth on Saturday (June 23).
The 24-year-old was hailed as one of the new generation of players coming through by Head Coach Stuart Lancaster in his review of England's tour of South Africa. England lost the three-march tour 2-0, but finished with a 14-14 draw on Saturday. The team gained credibility and Goode, playing at full-back, was one of the young players singled out for praise by rugby commentators in the national media.
Alex, who has represented England's second-string Saxons side as well as at Under-19 and Under-20 level, made his Test debut as a late replacement in the previous Saturday's 36-27 defeat in Johannesburg. After that, Stuart Lancaster said he felt the time was right to let him play from the start.
Commenting on team's overall performance, he said: "It has been a fantastic opportunity to take a wider group of players and work with them."
He added: "We have now got a team of young players and experienced players coming through together in an environment they enjoy and the culture is strong. I think it augurs well for the future."