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England Captain Nearly Recovered
Posted Apr 28, 2011 by Shaun Edwards
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Having sat out an entire Six Nations campaign where he would have been captaining his country, you can certainly understand Lewis Moody having a bit of luck. That his first game returning after injury should occur at Twickenham on St George’s day is certainly a suitable slice of it, and more than fitting for a real patriot in the mould of his national coach, if not in position then certainly in mentality.
However, there is little doubt he will have to be somewhat concerned for his position, with several players having come in and staked their claim in his three month absence. Tom Wood, James Haskell and Tom Croft have all impressed when making their way into the England first team, and Moody will know that he needs to play as much as possible if he wishes to make his way into the England squad for the upcoming World Cup, with England flying out in a little over three months.
‘He needs to play, there's no doubt about that. In my opinion he couldn't go into a World Cup camp having played barely any rugby in the previous five months. I think he'd want [to prove himself] too. Then it's not just a free ticket’ noted the Captain’s coach at Bath, Steve Meehan.
It’s hard to look past the fact that surely Moody’s international career will be finished by the conclusion of the World Cup, as there is not a chance of him participating in the next one and his coach is a long way from being the sentimental type. ‘If I get to the end of a World Cup and I feel it's time for other people to step up, fine, but I'd never pre-plan it. It's pathetic but I can't plan anything … my missus does it all’ the man notes, his customary humour disguising an obvious awareness of the ticking clock.
Whether or not his career ends after the upcoming tournament or not, it’s hard to not hope that he gets the chance to end his career on a high by leading his country out, whether he’s on bleeding stumps or not.