FORMER LEICESTER TIGERS and England flanker Lewis Moody has confessed that he kept his World Cup winners’ medal in a plastic shopping bag.
Moody, who retired from rugby this summer, revealed to Total Rugby Radio that he is currently storing the medal that he won with England in 2003 in a Sainsburys bag.
“It’s in a bag somewhere,” he said. “All of my medals are with my mum until a while ago. I couldn’t actually remember where any of them where.”
Moody won seven English Premiership titles with Leicester as well as three Anglo-Welsh Cups and two Heineken Cups. He won two Six Nations with England as well as the World Cup in 2003, for which he earned another medal – an MBE.
“It’s strange isn’t it?”, he reflected. “I’ve been very lucky to have a successful career but what do you do with all those bits and pieces of memorabilia - do you put them on a wall? I don’t know.
“At the minute I’ve not decided. Maybe, when it’s coming up to the 10-year (World Cup) reunion I’ll get the shirt and put it in a frame.
“They were in a Sainsburys bag for a few years.”
Sainsburys bags: Good enough for Lewis Moody and Cher Lloyd. (Credit: John Phillips/EMPICS)
Moody also recalled a clattering tackle he made on Australia out-half Quade Cooper in 2010.
He said, “The game before I gave him too much space, and he’s got such elusive feet, that I missed about six tackles on him. I was furious with myself.” Moody added:
I had a small word with the defensive coach, Mike Ford and said ‘give me a chance to get back at this guy’. From the first lineout I was targeted with going and getting him.
“I felt much better, anyway, about myself afterwards.”