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Leicester's Lewis Moody made up with England return


Moody respectful of lowly Leeds

Leicester Tigers flanker Lewis Moody has described his return to England duty as "awesome".

Moody, 31, has had an injury-ravaged two years and, until his recall for the the three autumn internationals, he had not represented his country since 2007.

But he was one of the few plusses of a poor campaign and was praised for some typical bustling, all-action displays.

Moody told BBC East Midlands Today: "It was a pleasure to play at Twickenham. Just to be involved again was awesome."

Martin Johnson's side secured an unconvincing win over Argentina but lost to both New Zealand and Australia.

Moody admitted England were far from their best but said they must maintain a sense of perspective about the quality of the opposition.

"There were elements of frustration at the end of the campaign but they [Australian and New Zealand] are two quality sides," he said.

Lewis Moody

"New Zealand are the best side in the world but going into the last 20 minutes we could have won it.

"But for me I just enjoyed being back in the England set-up and being involved under Johno."

His attention will now turn to the domestic scene before he starts giving the Six Nations campaign of 2010 serious consideration.

"We have a lot of club rugby to play before then," he said. "I'm looking forward to playing for Leicester.

"They had a tremendous result against South Africa a couple of weeks ago and I'm looking forward to playing at Welford Road again with the boys who have been grafting really hard.

"There was a disappointing result against Gloucester at the weekend but there is still a very positive mood in the camp."

Tigers are currently fifth in the Premiership table but Moody is confident they are well placed for their traditional mid-late season charge to Premiership and play-off glory.

"We never really top of the table at this stage of the season but we make sure we are where we need to be at the end of the season to compete in the play-offs and then to go on and win it," Moody added.

"We have done that in seven out of 13 seasons since I've been at the club so it's worked quite well."

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