Tom Wood likely to retain place as knee injury delays Moody’s return

A lot of talk over the past two weeks has been regarding the return of England captain Lewis Moody to the fold. However, the recurrence of a knee injury to the Bath back row forward has forced England manager Martin Johnson’s hand, although many will not see much negativity in it.

With Moody definitely out, Tom Wood is very likely to keep his place in England’s back row with the South African turned Englishman Hendre Fourie to keep the bench warm and perhaps make an impact in the last twenty minutes as he did against Italy over a week ago.

The injury could mean that Lewis Moody will not be available for the England rugby team again until the next Six Nations clash against Scotland on March 13th, possibly a very important match should England beat France at Twickenham this weekend.

With England’s back row of Nick Easter, Tom Wood and James Haskell having done so well against Wales and Italy thus far in the competition, Johnson will see no issues keeping the three together for this all important test.

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