7 Mar 2012

Lewis Moody retires from all rugby

6:08 am on 7 March 2012

The former England rugby captain Lewis Moody has announced his complete retirement from the game.

The 33-year-old Bath flanker retired from international rugby after last year's World Cup and he said on his website overnight he now had to accept his retirement from all forms of the game.

Moody, a World Cup winner in 2003, succeeded Steve Borthwick as England captain in 2010, but his leadership was called into question at the World Cup when he struggled to find his best form and England's campaign ended in abject failure.

Moody was capped 71 times by England, despite a career plagued by injuries, and he thanked the doctors and physios who had helped him keep playing for so long.