Farrell praises Moody
Lewis Moody has been hailed as one of the maddest and one of the finest rugby players England has ever produced after announcing his injury-enforced retirement.
The 33-year-old World Cup winner and former England captain has been left with no choice but to hang up his boots after failing to recover from a shoulder problem.
Andy Farrell, England's assistant coach, played alongside Moody at the 2007 World Cup and said: "He was an absolutely fearless player - one of the best that we've produced. He will remembered as mad. A fighter who has total disrespect for his own body, who only knows one way."
"There's a few mad ones in league, but not quite as mad as Moodos. I honestly don't think I've played with another player who is that committed and cared so much for his team-mates as well."
The body that Moody repeatedly hurled onto the front line without pause for thought has finally - after 16 seasons, 74 Test caps and countless injuries - let him down.
It was for that fearless commitment that Moody earned his nickname Mad Dog, and it was that fearless commitment that singled him out as an inspiration to those around him.
Farrell said: "I could speak about Moodos all day. Everyone knows the commitment he had to playing the game, and not just the commitment but the enjoyment he had from the way he played the game. He was a special type of player.
"Before I'd played with him I knew what type of player he was but not until you've trained with him on the field and played with him could you really stand back and marvel at what he is about as a person.
"He was unfortunate to get a lot of injuries in his time but he definitely wouldn't change that because it made him what he was.
"Having played with him, knowing how he played on through injury, showed just what a tough bloke he was. I don't think we actually knew the half of what he was going through at times."