PA Sport - Thu, 18 Feb 21:51:00 2010
Super 14 outfit the Sharks have confirmed the signing of England fly-half Andy Goode from Brive on a short-term deal.
The 29-year-old (pictured), who will join the Sharks for their five-week tour of Australia and New Zealand, will help the Durban side fill the void left by the retirement of Steve Meyer and the serious injury suffered by Argentina pivot Juan Martin Hernandez.
The former Leicester and Saracens stand-off is the record points scorer in Guinness Premiership history and was a surprise call-up to Martin Johnson's squad for the 2009 Six Nations, scoring a try in the 36-11 victory over Italy and keeping his place during the summer Tests against Argentina.
But Goode was replaced by a fit-again Jonny Wilkinson in the autumn and was not included in the squad for this year's Six Nations.
The Sharks have also signed lock Wilhelm Steenkamp from the Bulls, and coach John Plumtree is delighted with his acquisitions.
"Bringing these two players to the Sharks has certainly bolstered our squad depth significantly as the pair come with a huge amount of experience and will bring something special to the team," he said.
"Andy Goode's reputation at Leicester and for England speaks for itself and, to take a top quality competition like the Super 14 seriously, you need top quality players like him."