It's great to share in Goode's success

Richard Wigglesworth is pleased for Saracens team mate Goode

One of the good things about this sport is being able to share in the success of your team mates.

Watching the first couple of games from the autumn internationals, I have really enjoyed seeing two of my fellow Saracens make a breakthrough.

Two guys who I have been particularly pleased for so far this autumn are Alex Goode and Mako Vunipola.

Mako is a serious talent and it was great to see him make his England debut against Fiji aged just 21. He made a real impact when he came on too and hopefully, it will be the start of a long Test career.

Alex, meanwhile has showed the rest of the world what we at Saracens have known for a long while.

He may not have played many times for England yet but he is already making them tick and having the sort of influence on a game that has made him such a crucial part of our set up. He was superb against South Africa on Saturday.

Think of what Geordan Murphy has been to Leicester over the years. Well, Alex has the same impact for our club and, I have no doubt that he will go on to be just as important for England.

He reads the game so well and comes into play at just the right and on dangerous lines. He has a good pass, kicks well and is a solid defender. There are few chinks in his armour and I hope he gets a chance to show what he can do not only in these current autumn internationals but in the Six Nations as well.

It was tough to see the boys lose against Australia and the Springboks because of such small margins. Both results could easily have gone the other way, proving just how unforgiving the Test arena is.

From a personal point of view, it has been tough at times being so close to the England squad and not getting involved. Whatever level you play at, it is hard to watch when you want to be playing.

But when you have so many mates playing in that squad it is nice to be able to support them and share in their success.


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