- Question and answer with Alex Goode
- Find out why Twickenham is so special
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Alex, who has played the biggest role in your development?
It’s tough to narrow it down to one, but my Dad has definitely played a key role. He instilled a good work ethic in me, be that kicking practice before school or kicking practice after school when it was getting dark – he’s always been very supportive.
What was the first trophy you ever won?
I think it was at an Under 9s mini festival in Loughborough and if memory serves Neil Back actually handed out the trophy!
Which England player would you have liked beside you at your junior club, Cambridge RFC?
I’d probably have to say Charlie Sharples or Ugo Monye because having someone quick in your side was always the best weapon at that age! So for someone like me, who is more of a passer, I’d have just got the ball out to them as often as possible.
What is so special about Twickenham?
It’s the home of rugby. There’s so much history here and to have a packed house cheering for you – it just doesn’t get any better. It’s an incredibly special arena and it’s important that we, as Englishmen, make the most of the opportunity.
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Do you have any pre-match superstitions?
Not really, I’m not a particularly superstitious person, but recently I noticed that I come out of the tunnel last – it wasn’t really a conscious thing but a friend pointed it out and I thought “yeah, you’re right, I do!”
Who are you rooming with at Pennyhill Park, and does he have any bad habits?
I’m rooming with Joe Marler and on the whole he’s pretty good, but he does tend to leave chocolate lying around now and then, as if he’s trying to tempt me. Sometimes I come in and find him and Thomas Waldrom having a little feast.
What is your favourite holiday destination?
I had a fantastic holiday in Bermuda during the summer, so that’s got to be up there. But San Diego in the USA is another place I’d really recommend, it’s a very cool beach town and I had a great time.
What’s the last song you put on your iPod?
That would be ‘Drops of Jupiter’ by Train – very catchy, I like to have a little sing to that on the bus.
And finally, could you tell us a little bit about your mum’s charity?
Of course, it’s called Brick by Brick and it all stemmed from her wanting to improve education in deprived areas of Africa. She ended up in Malawi where she has helped to develop and build eight schools. I’m hoping to head out there next summer and there’s more information online at www.brickbybrickeducation.org.