Newcastle lure Goode out of retirement

Rugby ball (File)
Rugby ball (File)

London - Former England international Andy Goode has come out of retirement to play for English Premiership club Newcastle.

Goode, 35, was forced to quit due to injury in September, but he has now decided to return to the pitch to help Newcastle fill the void left by injured half-backs Mike Delaney and Ruki Tipuna.

Meanwhile, Newcastle have also signed scrumhalf Jamie Booth from New Zealand side Manawatu Turbos.

Both Goode and Booth have signed three-month contracts with Newcastle following injuries to Delaney and Tipuna, who have both been ruled out of action until the spring.

Former Leicester, Saracens, Wasps and Worcester flyhalf Goode, who played 17 times for England between 2005-2009, told Newcastle's club's website on Monday: "I'm looking forward to the challenge after having four months to recuperate and let my body recover.

"It's a short-term opportunity but I want to do as much as I can for the Falcons as I have a huge amount of respect for Dean, who I go back a long time with and who gave me my first opportunity at Leicester 17 years ago."

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