Alex Goode: Brad Barritt’s return a boost for club and country

Alex Goode insists the return of Brad Barritt is the perfect boost for both club and country ahead of a busy start to 2014

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England and Saracens full-back Alex Goode

Saracens and England full-back Alex Goode insists the return of Brad Barritt is the perfect boost for both club and country ahead of a busy start to 2014.

With the Six Nations on the horizon, England centre Barritt has returned ahead of schedule from ankle surgery and makes his first start in 15 weeks against Gloucester at Kingsholm this weekend.

He’s a fantastic player who does wonderful things for our team

Alex Goode

Barritt joins up with an in-form Sarries who have still only lost once in the league all season and already look guaranteed a play-off berth come the end of the season with a 16-point gap to fifth-placed Leicester Tigers.

And with a crucial European Cup double header up next for Mark McCall’s side, Barritt’s return could not be better timed.

“Brad has done fantastically well to come back ahead of schedule,” said Goode.

“He’s a fantastic player who does wonderful things for our team.

“Obviously at Sarries we are all about our squad and everyone contributing but to have someone of Brad’s qualities back is a huge boost.

“Everyone sees what he gives to the team from a defensive point of view week in, week out and we are lucky to have him.

“And I’m sure England will be pleased as well, that will be a great battle in the centres during the Six Nations but Brad will not be thinking about that at the moment.”

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