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Moody set to lead England

Lewis Moody is set to resume the England captaincy for Saturday's Investec international against Wales at a sold-out Twickenham.

The Bath flanker missed the whole of England's Six Nations title-winning campaign with a knee ligament injury, handing over the captaincy reins first to Mike Tindall and then Nick Easter. But Moody, 33, is the man England manager Martin Johnson wants to lead his squad into the Rugby World Cup.

"To be out there and to get to play at Twickenham this weekend will be fantastic," Moody told Sky Sports News. "It's the exciting part, you get a chance to play and go out on the pitch and do what you're paid to do."

Tindall, who led England to four victories in the Six Nations before injury cost him a place in the final-round defeat to Ireland, welcomed Moody's return to the helm.

"Moodos has always been named as that captain," said Tindall.

"I was very honoured and privileged to be named when he was unavailable - but he is still viewed in my eyes and everyone's as the skipper.

"I know when he's fit and well he'll be named to lead the team."

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