}Lewis Walton Moody MBE
(born 12 June 1978 in Ascot
) is an English
international rugby union
rugby player who currently plays for Bath Rugby
and was part of the 2003 World Cup winning side. He is renowned for his commitment to the physical aspects of the game.
When he was five he took up mini rugby at Bracknell, when a school friend suggested he join him. He played at bracknell until 12 years old. He was educated at Eagle House Prep School, then Oakham School
, where he initially played rugby union at centre before moving to full back. He later studied Business Administration at De Montfort University.
Moody is known for the enthusiasm with which he plays the game, his willingness to chase down opponents and his ability to compete for possession at restarts. However, he has been criticised for a tendency to give away reckless penalties at the breakdown, which has been attributed by his supporters to his being played out of position at openside rather than blindside flanker. However, historically, the blindside flanker should be of a larger physique than the openside, and invariably the other flanker on the field is larger than Moody.
In the Leicester Tigers
youth team, he played flanker
. He became the youngest Leicester Tigers
' player to play a league game at 18 years and 94 days, a record now surpassed by Ben Youngs
. He soon became established as Neil Back
's understudy for the openside flanker
shirt. Making the Tigers starting XV was... Read More