‘Mad Dog’ Moody puts his ca­reer into touch

RUGBY UNION

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY MARCH 8 -

ENG­LAND World Cup win­ner and for­mer cap­tain Lewis Moody has re­tired from rugby with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

The 33-year-old Bath flanker, who suf­fered a shoul­der in­jury ear­lier this sea­son, con­firmed on his of­fi­cial web­site that he’s called it a day.

Moody, who won 71 caps, stepped down from the in­ter­na­tional arena fol­low­ing Eng­land’s World Cup cam­paign last au­tumn.

In a state­ment, Moody said: “It is with great sad­ness that I have to an­nounce my im­me­di­ate re­tire­ment from all forms of rugby.

“I have been very priv­i­leged to have played in some in­cred­i­ble teams and with some phe­nom­e­nal play­ers.

“I owe a huge debt of grat­i­tude to all the medics and phys­ios who have put me back to­gether time and time again to en­able me to con­tinue to play this won­der­ful sport of ours.

“Rugby has been my life, it is scary to imag­ine what it will be like with­out it, but I look for­ward to rel­ish­ing the new ad­ven­tures.”

Nick­named “Mad Dog,” his all-ac­tion and fear­less style made him a hit with sup­port­ers of club and coun­try.

For­mer Eng­land man­ager Martin John­son, who played along­side Moody be­fore coach­ing him, said: “When I look back at play­ing with Lewis it al­ways brings a smile to my face.

“He was one of the most com­mit­ted guys I ever played with and had a com­plete dis­re­gard for his own phys­i­cal well­be­ing.”

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