Aviva Premiership
Moody ready to face the All Blacks
ESPNscrum Staff
October 31, 2010

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England flanker Lewis Moody is ready to battle the All Blacks after coming through Bath's Aviva Premiership draw with Harlequins unscathed.

Moody had been released from England's training camp after a month sidelined by a serious eye injury, having bruised the retina of his left eye in a collision with Gloucester fullback Charlie Sharples. He received treatment for a blood injury at the Stoop but emerged from the fixture otherwise unharmed.

"I was a bit nervous going into the game that I would not pick the ball up as quickly but it was fine. Even in the dwindling light conditions it did not affect me," Moody said. "There was a very similar situation where the guy was lining up the kick and I didn't hold back in going to charge him down. That was a good mental thing. The eye's all right - it was a case of getting my eye in, so to speak."

Bath coach Steve Meehan revealed that a deal had been struck with the England management that Moody would be withdrawn before the end if possible, an eventuality ruled out by a head injury to skipper Luke Watson in the first-half.

Bath coach Steve Meehan reflects on the game

"I just wanted to get out and play. I've had three or four weeks without a game and that's never good for a player, it's frustrating," Moody said. "Having three or four weeks off is not ideal for your fitness but I was really happy to be on the field at the end."

Meehan is confident he will send Moody back to England duty in just the right shape for next weekend's challenge. "I thought he was pretty good. He was pretty intense," he said.

"Interestingly enough we saw him attempt two or three charge-downs in the same way as he received his injury. He hasn't changed at all. He is a fantastic bloke to have around. That run out will do him no harm and he should be raring to go next weekend to play the All Blacks."

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