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Injuries won't change me - Moody

Lewis Moody
Moody is relieved to be back in training with England

Leicester flanker Lewis Moody insists he will never change his all-action style despite missing most of the last two seasons through injury.

Moody, who has been recalled to the England side to face the Barbarians at Twickenham on Saturday, is delighted to be back playing at the highest level.

"Maybe training has to be slightly tempered now and again but I won't play the game any differently," Moody said.

"That is what I am and I wouldn't be as useful if I didn't play the way I do."

The 30-year-old broke his ankle in a training ground accident just before the start of England's Six Nations campaign - and that came only a few weeks after his return to action following ten months on the sidelines with an Achilles injury.

I love being part of the England set-up and everything that goes with it

Lewis Moody

But Moody said: "I don't look at it as bad luck any more. I am just past it all.

"Rugby is a contact sport and I am going to get injured, I have decided, so as long as I make the most of the time I have when I am playing then great. That is what I am trying to do.

"I sat down with the lads the other night and just said it is great to be back involved. I love being part of the England set-up and everything that goes with it, being back here with the lads."

Moody returned to the Leicester Tigers side at the end of the season and came off the bench in both the Guinness Premiership and Heineken Cup finals and says it is a relief to be involved on the pitch again.

"Rehab is the worst because you are sat on your own in the physio room or the gym while all the boys are out there," he said. "It makes you appreciate it more when are back playing."

Moody is also relishing the chance to face his former Tigers and England team-mate Martin Corry, who will captain the Barbarians in his final game on English soil before retirement.

"I am happy I will be out there on the same pitch, albeit on the other side. I will be sure to give him a couple of niggles," Moody said.

* Tickets for England v Barbarians will be available on the gate at Twickenham on Saturday

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England 26-33 Barbarians
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Injured Moody out of Six Nations
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Moody is returning back to form
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Moody ruled out of England tour
28 Mar 08 |  Leicester
Moody signs new Tigers contract
21 Dec 07 |  Leicester

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