Lewis Moody was born in 1978 and educated at Oakham School where he played centre and full back. After school he joined Leicester Tigers in August 1996 and studied Business Administration at De Montfort University. The youngest player to play for the Tigers in a League match, he won a reputation over a long career as a ferocious marauding flanker.
After establishing himself as a first choice for Leicester in a highly competitive back row, he made his debut for England on the North American tour of 2001 and scored his first international try against the USA in San Francisco. Over a career spanning eleven years, he became the most capped wing forward in English rugby history winning 71 caps and scoring nine tries.
He started in three matches of England's historic 2003 World Cup campaign and was a replacement in the other four matches, notably winning a crucial line-out ball in the lead up to Jonny Wilkinson's drop goal in extra time of the Final. A first-choice wing forward for England from the autumn of 2004, he toured New Zealand with the British and Irish Lions in 2005 playing two tests and scoring a try in the third test. He also played for the Lions against Argentina in Cardiff in the pre-tour test match.