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  • 2012March 7

    Lewis Moody retires

    Lewis Moody retires

    Former England rugby captain Lewis Moody has retired from rugby after failing to recover from a shoulder injury.

    The Bath flanker, who earned 71 England caps in a fabulous international career, has claimed that the shoulder problem was "one injury too far" and that he'll be keeping his rugby t-shirts for casual occasions from now on.

    Leading the praise for the 33-year-old, former England team mate and manager Martin Johnson stated that Moody would be remembered for his work ethic and bravery.

    He told The Daily Telegraph: "When I look back at playing with Lewis it always brings a smile to my face - it was never dull. He was one of the most committed guys I ever played with and had a complete disregard for his own physical well-being.

    "It's sad that he has had to retire but he should be remembered for a great career and as someone who never have less than 100 per cent for his club and country."

    Moody captained England in the 2011 Rugby World Cup, but retired from the international game shortly after being knocked out by France in the quarter-finals. His last game as professional was for Bath against Worcester in November, where he suffered the injury that brought an unfortunate end to his career.

    According to BBC News, Moody announced the news via his Twitter page; claiming that he was "totally gutted."