Lewis Moody retires from rugby

Former England captain Lewis Moody has been forced to retire due to a shoulder injury. The Bath and former Leicester flanker has been out of action since facing Worcester back in November, where a blow to the shoulder required an operation. He was rumoured to be making a comeback this weekend against his old club in the LV=Cup until today’s news.

With 71 caps for his country and another 5 for the British & Irish Lions, Moody has enjoyed an outstanding career, winning the Rugby World Cup in 2003 along with two Heineken Cup titles with Leicester Tigers along with numerous Premiership titles.

Lewis spoke today ahead of announcing his retirement, “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.”

“I would like to thank all of the coaches that I have worked with during my career, from Bracknell minis to the British and Irish Lions; they have all left their mark on me as a player. It goes without saying how much I value the fans who have supported me so loyally over the years, it has been one of life’s singular pleasures to have played this game in front of you.

Finally, I would not have achieved what I have in this sport without the continued support of my family and friends during my entire career. Rugby has been my life for such a long time now, it is scary to imagine what it will be like without it, but I look forward to relishing the new opportunities and adventures that will come my way.”

Give us your favourite memories of Moody and tributes below.

12 thoughts on “Lewis Moody retires from rugby

  1. What a pity…suppose it comes to everyone but the mad dog will always be a hero for me, and for Mrs C……good luck, Lewis!!!

  2. Sad to hear Lewis has had to call time on his career. Nothing but admiration for him as a player and always seemed to be a great role model off the field. Plenty could learn from the example he set. Never gave anything but his all.

  3. Sad news indeed. A true servant to the game. And one whose commitment can never be called in to question.

  4. Sad news for a decent chap and a hard working player.

    Would he be in England’s top 20 back rowers? Unlikely.

  5. Thanks for your committed contributions Lewis. You always gave 100%, which is all anyone could ever ask for. Enjoy the coming years with your family and friends.

  6. Great atitude, great commitment seems like a nice bloke.

    But should he be remembered as a great? I think i’m with Charlie. What aspects of his play were exceptional? charge downs, collecting loose ball on the floor thats about it. Never a great link-up 7, never a real poacher at the break down, never dominant in the tackle or destructive ball carrier.

  7. Out of the same mould as Neil Back, he was one of the true hard men of the game. What a servant for England. He never flinched; if the ball had bounced onto a railway line, he’d have thrown himself under the train to get it! All good things come to an end, but I regret the passing of his kind. Happy retirement.

  8. I recall a Richie McCaw interview prior to an Autumn international, when questioned about how he felt about facing Lewis Moody the response was “… he has no regard for his personal safety”. So the greatest recognised and respected the commitment Moody brought to the field.

    Shame for him to bow out as a part fit Captain at a debacle of World Cup, I wish him a safe retirement.

  9. Carol get real please dont compare Moody with Neil Back Lewis was not half as good.
    Average at best as an international back row. I wish him well but lets not go overboard because he has retired.

  10. Moody was not technically an excellent 6 or 7. He was half and half, a bit like Schalk Burger. However, he was consistently a good performer for England and added a special talent in terms of his ferociousness and personality on the field. Richie McCaw used to say that lewis had absolutely no thought for his own welfare on the pitch…which made him an absolute bugger to play against! To berate him would be unfair.
    Good luck lewis.

Comments are closed.