Andy Goode has announced he will retire for a second time when his short-term contract at Newcastle expires next week.

The former England fly-half quit playing last September after injury problems saw him released from his contract with London Irish before making an appearance for the club.

However, he was tempted back during the winter by Newcastle Falcons and has been an influential figure for Dean Richards’ side when called on during the three-month stay he agreed in late December. Goode has played in six games so far, four as a starter.


Goode, 35, could face his former club Wasps on Easter Sunday, but he and the Falcons have announced that will mark the end of his stay at Kingston Park.

Goode said on his Twitter account: “Sadly, after next weekend it’ll be time to hang up my boots again!

“When I retired in the summer I thought that was it. Then Newcastle came along, my body felt it had recovered enough and the opportunity was too good to turn down. I love this sport and will always want to play, no matter how battered, bruised or old my body feels.

“I’ve loved my three months at Newcastle Falcons and I can’t thank the owner, Semore Kudri, Dean Richards and all the other coaches, staff, physios and players enough for allowing me to pull on a Falcons jersey with a great bunch of lads who I can now call mates.”