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Posted 19:26 08th March 2012
seemed to always give it his best. seems like a decent bloke also, admirable attitude
Posted 13:48 07th March 2012
To quote from Cozza's column:
"In rugby terms, he was like a Spaniel chasing a Frisbee down the fast lane of the M1, such was his disregard for personal safety!"
That sums him up perfectly.
Posted 13:47 07th March 2012
Lewis Moody's commitment was incredible. On returning from injury he was England's player of the tournament a couple of years ago. If he had been part of an England side that had a few more players like himself he would probably be better remembered internationally. Unfortunately he played in that long period after 2003 when the England team never quite got it together.
Posted 00:23 07th March 2012
Lewis Moody, one of the greats of English rugby, played with the heart of a lion! You will be greatly missed. England salutes you!
Posted 22:32 06th March 2012
What a player, he may not have had the talent or sheer strength and size of some of the players in the modern era but he made up for that with grit and determination...something I'm proud to say the new england side seems to have in abundance, never (apart from perhaps burger) has there been a player with so little disregard for his wellbeing that he would literally throw himself around the pitch (not to mention picking a fight with a certain leicester team mate who was a good 15kgs heavier than him and picking up the first red card of any england player at twickenham ever).
Posted 17:36 06th March 2012
He's not a particularly big man but he just threw himself into everything. Im pretty sure it was the 07 World Cup Semi against France where he was almost out cold about 3 times! And recovered to play on each time! Unbelievable. Unfortunately you cant keep going like that, but having said that 33 is not a bad age to retire. He can take a year or 2 to relax , maybe do some tv work, and then he can throw himself into something new. Metaphorically of course, he's taken enough blows to last a lifetime, i hope he goes into coaching.
Posted 16:39 06th March 2012
I agree about the inevitability so I don't know why this has still come as a little bit of a shock to me. I guess it was because I expected him to see out the season.
I agree that he shouldn't have travelled with the team to NZ, players in better form but I still feel that MJ was led by his staff in a lot of decision making (highlighting why he was probably the wrong man for the England job, but that's for another thread).
I wish him well, nothing if not entertaining everytime he took to the field and will be missed by rugby fans not just Bath/Leicester.
Posted 16:11 06th March 2012
One of the best loved rugby players in England, the guy is a world champion! Thanks for the wonderful memories. :)
Posted 15:58 06th March 2012
It was inevitable - he has been a great player, and his committment on the field puts many other to shame - its not his fault MJ mistakenly (one of many many errors) named him in the WC squad - let alone as Captain - his body has had enough.
Sadly, my own side Bath have recruited poorly, and should never have signed Mad Dog as he was bound to break down - why they signed so slow Vesty, Hipkiss, and Simon Taylor is also beyond me.
Happy retirement Moody - you deserve it.
Posted 14:56 06th March 2012
Outstanding player in his time, total commitment to whatever team he was playing for.Did his best as captain for England even though I felt the job was foisted on him.
Great signing off comment, full of generosity and humility. There are one or two of the current generation of players who would be well advised to adopt some of his values. Good luck in the future.
Posted 14:25 06th March 2012
You somehow think that this was inevitable, bearing in mind the way he played. But looking at Rugby in general and the list of missing players for all International sides, it is another illustration on just how hard the professional era has become. Moody was pretty lucky all things considered to keep his career going until the age of 33, never less than 100% from the moment he went on the pitch to the final whistle. Is it any suprise that professional union is moving more toward the Rugby League model with a majority of big guys in all positions from prop to scrum half to wing. Levels of skill especially in English teams are dropping as power takes over from skill and evasive ability. Moody will probably look at the teams in ten years time and wonder if he could have competed on an equal footing. Great memories though. As for keeping out Hill subject to fitness, all things considered I doubt it.
Posted 13:57 06th March 2012
Mad dog was a fantastic player for England over the years always put his body on the line and showeed total commitment for club and country and enjoyed playing the game Unfortunatly injury has cut short his carreer so best of luck Lewis in whatever you decide to do in the future
Posted 13:03 06th March 2012
Always gave 100% and was always a joy to watch. He will be missed!
Posted 13:03 06th March 2012
I know the southern hemisphere doesn't rate this guy but he has been a very strong, loyal and inspirational player for England. This is a guy who rightfully broke up the axis of Back, Hill and Dallalligo and may have kept them out but for injury. Played with a complete disrespect for his own safety and should not be blamed for the last world cup. Mad Dog, will be missed!
Posted 12:06 06th March 2012
Here's to a successful and enjoyable future, Mad Dog.
And I loved his comment: "I owe a huge debt of gratitude to all the medics and physios who have put me back together time and time again..." - classic!
Posted 12:06 06th March 2012
Good player in his time, shame we never got to see it at Bath. Will be remembered by me for that crucial line out take in the 2003 World Cup Final and his amazing levels of commitment when chasing high balls!
Posted 11:32 06th March 2012
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