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The Breakdown | Alex Goode and the mystery of players stuck outside international rugby

Were Eddie Jones still Saracens coach he would be asking why the England door had shut on a consistently excellent player

Is Alex Goode enough for England? It was a question debated not just by Saracens supporters after Saturday’s demolition of Glasgow in the European Cup quarter-final at Allianz Park when a player who has started one Test in the Eddie Jones era stood out in front of the England head coach.

Selection is subjective, but there is more to it than mere opinion. It seems that no matter how well he plays Danny Cipriani is destined to remain on the outside looking in. His opportunities in the past three England regimes have been fleeting, as if he were picked to prove why he had been left out for so long.

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