‘Mad Dog’ Moody puts his career into touch
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.”