Apr 09, 2015
A Foot in Both Camps - Leicester Tigers
Saracens face Leicester Tigers on Saturday at a packed out Allianz Park in round 19 of the Aviva Premiership.
We take a look at some players who have represented both clubs during their playing careers.
Goode signed for Rod Kafer’s Saracens side in the summer of 2002, leaving the Tigers for Vicarage Road to fill Saracens troublesome No.10 slot.
After the departure of Michael Lynagh, Saracens had used Andy Lee, (though Lee was at Sarries before the arrival of the legendary Australian) Alain Penaud, Thierry Lacroix, Mark Mapletoft, Duncan McRae, Jannie De Beer at outside half and the arrival of the young England ‘A’ was heralded as the remedy to Saracens playmaking problems.
Goode appeared 43 times for Saracens in the 2002/03 before returning to the Tigers. Following consistent performances for Leicester and England 'A', Goode made his international debut as a replacement for fly-half Charlie Hodgson against Italy in the 2005 Six Nations.
After spells with Brive, the Natal Sharks and Worcester Warriors, the evergreen fly-half is currently playing for London Wasps and will join London Irish for the 2015/16 season.
White has enjoyed a varied professional career, beginning with a spell playing for Hawke's Bay and the Crusaders in New Zealand before joining Bridgend in 1998. During his time in New Zealand he also made a single appearance for the Crusaders in the Super 12.
White then joined Saracens, whom he represented until 2002 making a total of 49 appearances for the Men in Black. He made his England debut against South Africa in the summer of 2000, becoming a regular in the squad, often as cover for Phil Vickery.
After his time with Sarries, White joined Bristol but following an unsuccessful period in the West Country, he made the switch Leicester Tigers in 2003. In 2005 he was selected for the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand, and in January 2009 he was recalled into the England squad.
Capped eight time by South Africa the talented outside half traded Welford Road for Vicarage Road at the start of the 2009-10 season and the goal-kicking playmaker quickly established himself in Brenden Venter’s & Mark McCall’s new look Saracens side.
He followed Blue Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer to Leicester Tigers in 2008 but a year in which injury prevented his progress was ended when he decided to leave the Midlands club and sign for Saracens.
Hougaard kicked the winning drop-goal in Sarries famous victory over the Spingboks at Wembley Stadium and was member of the squad that lost to former employers Leicester in Saracens Premiership Final defeat in 2010. He made 37 appearances for the Men in Black, scoring 269 points in the process.