Lewis Moody retires
Gilbert Rugby today paid tribute to Lewis Moody, our longest serving Brand Ambassador, after the Bath Rugby flanker was forced to announce his retirement from all rugby.
Renowned for his fearless style of play, Lewis Moody has been putting his body on the line for club and country for 16 years. The aptly named ‘Mad Dog’ ended his career with 71 caps for his country and 3 for the British and Irish Lions, he is one of the very few players to have consistently excelled in world rugby for the duration of his career. As the most capped England flanker he is also one of the most decorated, with an incredible 7 Premiership titles, 2 Heineken Cup winners medals, 1 LV= Cup winners medal, 2 Six Nations Championship winners medals and 1 World Cup winners medal.
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.”
“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.”
Lewis ‘Mad Dog’ Moody will always be remembered for his fearless approach to every match and his total disregard for personal safety. Moments most memorable to fans will include his match winning charge down in the 2003 Rugby World Cup Final and leading England in June 2010 when they famously beat Australia on their home turf.
Mad Dog, it’s been a pleasure working with you.