England Rugby World Cup winning star Lewis Moody has confirmed his retirement from all forms of rugby due to injury. The 33 year-old retired from international rugby after captaining England at the 2011 Rugby World Cup. He has quit the game on medical advice after having shoulder surgery in December.
Moody’s fearless, ferocious commitment is what has beaten him in the end. Described as “mad” by team-mates; he would put his head into situations where others were afraid to put their hands. After 12 major operations and countless minor ones, Moody has been forced to concede defeat after this latest shoulder injury.
“Even now, part of me still wants to play. I don’t think my mind will ever give up wanting to play rugby because I love the game and have loved it for such a long time. I always have loved the game, ever since I first picked up a rugby ball when I was five years old; all I ever wanted to do was play. It (retiring) was a very tough decision,” – said Moody after officially announcing his retirement having not played for nearly three months.
Moody first played for Leicester Tigers when he was still at school and won seven Premiership Titles and back-to-back Heineken Cup Titles (2002 and ’03) with the club he spent 14 years (1996-2010) with as a player. “I was never the biggest or the most skilful but I was always the most committed. I was very blessed to play with some ridiculously talented sides whether it was for Leicester or England or the Lions. And of course, the World Cup; for me lifting the Webb Ellis Trophy (in 2003); it doesn’t get any bigger than that,” – revealed Moody when asked for his career highlights.
For now; Moody will concentrate on recuperating from surgery. He has also taken up some media work and has not ruled out the possibility of getting into coaching in the near future.