Moody back for England

England captain Lewis Moody has rejoined the squad after recovering from injury and featuring for Bath at the weekend. [more]

Moody back for England

England captain Lewis Moody has rejoined the squad after recovering from injury and featuring for Bath at the weekend.

Moody missed the opening two weekends of the 2011 RBS 6 Nations with a knee injury but returned to action in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday, coming off the bench as Bath beat Northampton Saints 38 v 8.

The flanker played for 23 minutes at the Rec but has been tipped to start the game against France at Twickenham by Bath head coach Steve Meehan.

"If he's fit, I wouldn't be surprised if he ran out," he said.

"Martin Johnson hinted at it in the week when he said that guys who have been around for 10 years with 70 caps [like Moody] have credits in the bank."

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Moody who toured with the British & Irish Lions to New Zealand in 2005 was glad to be back on the field for the first time since Bath’s Heineken Cup game against Aironi in January.

"I felt good. It is nice to have a run-out," he said.

"The knee is a little bit stiff, but I didn't feel it at all during the game.

"Fingers crossed, we have gone through everything, and full credit to the physios for everything they've done.

"Everyone has worked very hard – and I am going to be an excitable boy to be back in the England camp on Sunday."

In further England injury news Tom Croft, who also made a return from injury in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday, stays with Leicester Tigers to continue his return to full match action.

Chris Robshaw of Harlequins has been called up to the England squad training at Pennyhill Park for Joe Worsley who has returned to London Wasps to be treated for a neck injury.

Alex Corbisiero of London Irish has been called in to the squad following an ankle injury to David Wilson, who is receiving treatment from the Bath medical team.
 

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