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Bath Rugby's Lewis Moody retires after 16 years of playing the sport

Lewis Moody has been playing rugby professionally for 16 years and today he announced that he is "truly gutted" to be retiring from all forms of the sport.

He made his first appearance for Leicester Tigers in 1996, staying with them for 14 years. In his time there he played 217 games and scored 32 tries. After his long stay with Leicester, he finally made the move to Bath Rugby in the summer of 2010.

Lewis Moody is the most capped England flanker

His debut for England came in 2001 against Canada and he played a key role in the teams World Cup Final victory in 2003. It was Moody that won the line-out that ultimately led to Jonny Wilkinson's winning drop goal.

Moody captained England in the final match against France in 2010 Six Nations Championship, replacing regular captain Steve Borthwick who had pulled out due to injury. He then went on to be captain again for the 2010 summer tour of Australia where they famously beat the Aussies on their home turf.

He retired from International rugby in November 2011 and was keen to focus on success with Bath Rugby.

Following his announcement today that he is retiring with immediate effect, Moody gave tribute to his fans, saying "It has been one of life's singular pleasures to have played this game in front of you."