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Richards in swoop for Goode and Booth.

VASTLY?EXPERIENCED fly-half Andy Goode and exciting young scrum-half Jamie Booth have agreed terms to join Newcastle Falcons on three-month contracts as the club reacts to injuries to Mike Delany and Ruki Tipuna.

Goode, boasting 229 appearances and 2,228 points to date, was an integral part of Wasps' team last season and has also played for Leicester Tigers, Saracens and Worcester.

Capped 17 times by England, the 35 year old showed he is a hugely-talented operator during Wasps' first game at their new Ricoh Arena home in December 2014, equalling a Premiership record of 33 points in one game.

In the summer he agreed a deal to join London Irish - currently in a relegation battle with the Falcons - but following consultation with his new club's medical staff decided to hang up his boots.

However, he will now aim to help his new club stave off the threat of relegation during his time at Kingston Park.

Booth, aged 21, joins Falcons from Manawatu Turbos in New Zealand with a growing reputation after enjoying a stellar 2015. Impressing in the domestic ITM Cup, the graduate of Palmerston North Boys High School has earned the opportunity to train as part of the wider training squad of Super 15 franchises Hurricanes and Blues on the strength of those showings.

Falcons boss Dean Richards said: "We're delighted to welcome Andy and Jamie, although there is obviously disappointment that they come through injuries to Mike and Ruki.

"With those two unavailable for the immediate future, the chance to bring in additional players of the quality of Andy and Jamie to supplement what we have here was a great opportunity.

"Andy is known quantity and will bring a huge amount of experience while Jamie has been impressing a lot of people over in New Zealand and has the opportunity to do the same here" Both players will be in contention to make their club debuts at home against Bath this Saturday.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 28, 2015
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