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Bath Rugby comment on Lewis Moody's international retirement

25 October 2011

Bath Rugby would like to add their well wishes to flanker, Lewis Moody, who announced his retirement from international rugby at the weekend.

The 71 cap World Cup winner announced the news following the culmination of this year's Rugby World Cup, and speaking at the weekend Lewis said:

"It's a big decision to make and I feel emotional about making it, but it's the right thing to do for me and for the England rugby squad. My time with England has been unbelievable, even if the last few weeks have not gone so well.

"I've loved every minute of my time with England but I have responsibilities to my family, more so now than ever with two boys I'd like to see a great deal more of.

"I've been mindful of how many games I've missed over the years at Leicester due to injury or international duties, and my first season last year at Bath was the same. I'd like to think I can spend the next two years helping Bath to win trophies.

"If you'd offered me more than 10 years of playing for my country, 70-odd caps, two World Cup finals and victory in one of them, the MBE and then, after all that, the honour of leading my country, I'd have bitten both your arms off."

Director of Rugby, Sir Ian McGeechan, added: "Lewis has been a great servant to club and country for a number of years now, and whilst I am sure England will miss both his skills on the pitch, and his leadership, as a Club we are very pleased to have him now completely focused on Bath for the next two seasons. He has had a tremendous career with England, and it now gives him the opportunity to have a more settled lifestyle with the single focus of Bath Rugby and helping to make it a successful club."

 

 

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