- The World Rugby Museum is proud to unveil Lewis Moody MBE as its first Sports Heritage Ambassador
- Lewis’ 2003 winning jersey can be viewed in the museum or as part of a Twickenham Stadium Tour
- Please visit worldrugbymuseum.com for details
It’s displayed behind glass, Lewis Moody’s Rugby World Cup winning shirt from 2003, and the stains are still there, telling a story of dedication, sacrifice and ultimately sheer elation.
Moody, who recently became the first ever ambassador for the Museum, has handed his shirt over hoping it will inspire others and recalling the incredible memories of England’s only world tournament triumph.
“It seems ridiculous that it was 15 years ago,” he says. “I’ve been retired for six years and in some ways it seems like a distant memory .
“My son Ethan is obsessed by rugby and we recently watched the 2003 World Cup final together, the first time I’ve seen it in maybe ten years. The memories it brings back are of the amount of effort that group of players put in to being in the position to win that final.
“It was one of life’s incredible pleasures to be part of that Martin Johnson and Clive Woodward side and it really was so special to be involved in that move by Jonny Wilkinson. We endlessly rehearsed the end of the game and when Ben Kay at the back of the lineout sent it to me I dropped it to Matt Dawson.
“If you watch the video you can see me waving my hands frantically and thankfully Jonny took the right decision and nailed the drop goal, which was an incredible moment in my life.
“You can still see the dirt on the front of my shirt, but remember I was only on the pitch for 10 minutes.
'The shirt is a piece of history now'
“I put everything into that 10 minutes I physically could, including trying to charge down Mat Rogers’ kick which is where the stain came from and which meant he scuffed it and we were a little bit closer to their tryline.
“The shirt is a piece of history now and I would rather people see it than it sits in my cupboard. Hopefully, people will get enjoyment from seeing it, it’s a piece of history now. If that world cup shirt being in the museum provides a little bit of motivation for the younger generations coming through that’s great.
“Ultimately, I’m just a normal bloke from Bracknell Rugby Club, from their minis where I started. Everyone starts somewhere and if my shirt inspires another young man or woman to play the game at the highest level that is absolutely what I would want.”
The World Rugby Museum is proud to unveil Lewis Moody MBE as its first Sports Heritage Ambassador. Lewis’ final winning jersey can be viewed in the World Rugby Museum or as part of a Twickenham Stadium Tour. Please visit worldrugbymuseum.com for details.