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Alex Goode warns best to come for Saracens after title double


Saracens full-back Alex Goode has warned his side’s Aviva Premiership Rugby rivals they are not done yet after adding another domestic crown to their European Cup success just two weeks previous.

Sarries became the first club since Wasps in 2004 to clinch the double, overcoming Exeter Chiefs 28-20 at Twickenham on Saturday.

Scores from Duncan Taylor and Chris Wyles helped the defending champions race into a 23-6 lead by half-time after dominating the first 40 minutes.

Tries from Jack Yeandle and Jack Nowell threatened a Chiefs comeback with the deficit at just three points heading into the last six minutes, before Goode himself crossed to give Mark McCall’s side a third Aviva Premiership Rugby crown, with the man himself anticipating plenty more to come at Allianz Park.

“I think the proof is in the pudding over the next few years,” he said.

“There is a lot of hunger in the group, we've spoken about times we’ve lost, but we've come in closer as a group. Especially this year, we have been tested with our composure.

“There is a lot of experience and hunger in the room.”

Goode was also quick to praise chairman Nigel Wray, in the role for more than 20 years and an integral part to Saracens’ recent success.

That influence has allowed Goode to call Allianz Park a long-term home, a fact he wants to stretch into the future.

“I've been here since I came out of school,” he continued. “It's a very special place to me and my family.

“I think year on year the way they have looked after everyone, family, kids, girlfriends, wives and parents, is just a credit to them, and what Nigel did for European Cup final [flying families to and from Lyon] was amazing.

“You see first-hand how hard everyone works, on the pitch and behind the scenes. It's an amazing place and a special place to be a part of.”

It’s been a superb season for Goode, with teammate and fellow England international Maro Itoje leading the calls for his inclusion in the Red Rose’s starting XV for the first Test against Australia on June 11.

“I feel like I'm in a very good place at the moment. Unfortunately it's not up to Maro, it's up to Eddie Jones in that sense,” Goode continued.

“As far as I'm concerned I'm just going to keep improving, keep getting better and keep working hard. As I said before it's a great club to be a part of.

“The coaches give me a lot of confidence and allow me to be involved in as much as possible with the players. They help me unbelievable amounts and give me opportunities. 

“All I can do is try and get a chance. It's up to me to take that chance with both hands really. At the moment I feel in the right place, I'm excited to go on tour with England, and I back myself at the moment given the opportunity.”

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BATH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03:  Maro Itoje of  Saracens is tackled by Max Lahiff of Bath during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath Rugby and Saracens at the Recreation Ground on December 3, 2016 in Bath, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)