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.”
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