Nigeria Rugby appoints first General Manager

The Nigeria Rugby Football Federation president Mr. Kelechi Mbagwu is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. James Goode as General Manager.

Nigeria Rugby General ManagerJames Goode who is from Cambridge, United Kingdom will be responsible for the development of the Schools, Men’s and women’s game, increasing participation numbers and will have input into the general high-performance strategy.

Goode grew up as a dual Athletics and Rugby Athlete on scholarship at the Perse School for Boys, Cambridge. He joined Saracens Rugby Academy as Fly Half and was offered academy contract aged 16; he played for the Men’s reserve team in 2003 season. Moved to Bath to do a degree in Economics and then joined the Bath Rugby Academy. He continued to play in Bath Men’s reserve squad and the University of Bath first XV Selected for British Students squad Runner-up in British Universities Rugby championship with Bath University Subsequently joined the Foreign Office as an Economist.

During many years working abroad, Jamie joined rugby clubs in Brazil, Gabon, and Pakistan coaching and playing. He then moved to the Business side of Rugby and managed little brother Alex Goode.

He completed RFU Rugby level 3 coaching qualification in London.
Goode Maintains strong links with Professional agents and scouts. Particularly strong links with Saracens Rugby Club and feeder club Cambridge Rugby Club

Jamie says “I am very excited to take up this position in a country I am deeply passionate about. This is a unique time for Nigerian Rugby as we are yet to harness our full potential in the Sport.

Kelechukwu Mbagwu reiterates his commitments to ensuring the best structure is put in place for Nigeria Rugby to thrive following the recent acquisition of an administrative office for Rugby in Lagos named ‘Nigeria Rugby House’.