Moody calls it quits

Former England captain Lewis Moody has retired from all rugby with immediate effect.

Moody called time on his international career following England’s disastrous 2011 World Cup campaign. On Tuesday, he announced that he would be retiring from all forms of the game after an ongoing battle with injury.

‘I’m totally gutted I have had to take the decision to retire from all forms of rugby,’ he said. ‘I will truly miss it. I have been very privileged to have played in some incredible teams and with some phenomenal players.’

Moody played 71 times for England and earned three caps for the British & Irish Lions. He was also one of England’s most decorated players having won seven Premiership titles, two European Cups, one LV= Cup, two Six Nations Championships and one World Cup.

As the captain of the 2003 team that won the World Cup, Martin Johnson said Moody would be remembered as one of the game’s special players.

‘When I look back at playing with Lewis it always brings a smile to my face – it was never dull,’ said Johnson. ‘He was one of the most committed guys I ever played with and had a complete disregard for his own physical wellbeing.

‘It’s sad that he has had to retire but he should be remembered for a great career and someone who never gave less than 100% for his club and country.’