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Fly-half Andy Goode joins South African side Sharks

Andy Goode
Goode made his England debut in 2005 against South Africa

Former England fly-half Andy Goode has been released by French club Brive and will join South Africa's Sharks on a short-term deal.

The Durban-based outfit have recruited the former Leicester player for the away leg of its Super 14 campaign.

The 29-year-old will join up with them next week for the five-week tour of Australia and New Zealand.

"It is hard to say goodbye to my team-mates but I will follow Brive's results from Natal," said Goode.

Brive president Simon Gillham added: "Andy has been released from his contract to become the first English player to move into the top flight of the Super 14.

"Players only get this kind of opportunity once in a lifetime. After discussions with the coaching staff, I decided to release him."

Goode last featured in England's squad during the 2009 autumn internationals and has won 17 caps.


He is the third-highest points scorer in Premiership history behind Charlie Hodgson and Johnny Wilkinson.

The Sharks opted to sign Goode, who joined Brive from Tigers in 2008, after losing Argentina fly-half Juan Hernandez for the season to injury.

They were further depleted when promising number 10 Steve Meyer announced his surprise retirement earlier this month.

Sharks coach John Plumtree said: "Andy's reputation at Leicester and for England speaks for itself and to take a top quality competition like the Super 14 seriously, you need top quality players like him. "

The Sharks have also secured the services of Bulls second row Wilhelm Steenkamp on loan until the end of the Super 14 season.

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