By Kath 6/10/06
October 6 2006
England's Lewis Moody - In Focus. What he thinks of spiders, who is his all time hero and who was the toughest player he has faced.
In Focus: Lewis Moody
England & Leicester Tigers Lewis Moody, just an ordinary guy?
Having read a question and answer session with Lewis in the official *England Rugby Supporters Club magazine I was amazed to find he hates spiders. He says he got over the phobia because once his Tiger team mates found out, when he came in from training they would throw spiders at him and he would find them in his shoes and resorted to using Martin Corry as a human shield. He says "spiders are little and creepy and scary little buggers". He also says " Apparently you eat a load of them at night when you're asleep. They crawl into your mouth. Over a lifetime you devour quite a number of spiders. It's True!"
Now this does not sound like a man who has conquered his phobia to me! As to the sportsman at school he liked all sports but loved cricket and athletics in particular and on one occasion took nine wickets for his second team. The last time he played cricket was for Martin Johnson's Testimonial year he bowled one over, got something like 20runs and hit a six off someone.
Like many rugby players he is keen on the American NFL football and one of his all time hero players to watch was the legend Walter Payton of Chicago Bears who died in November 1st 1999.
When asked who he had learnt the most from in life and rugby, he was thankful of his parents who took him all over to rugby matches and worked hard to get him into Oakham School where his first coach was 'Dosser Smith', who at that time coached Tigers as well. In rugby Jonno has his respect and loves the fact that Jonno has always been true to himself.
On being asked about who he thought was the toughest player he came up against. He says "I think Jonah Lomu was the hardest player to play against but he wasn't necessarily the toughest. I think I'd have to say that Corne Krige was really tough". Understandably he quotes as one of his most embarrassing moments being sent off against Samoa at Twickenham.
On a lighter note he is a Discovery Channel Freak, watches it all of the time and also will not miss Time Team, one of his desert island discs would be Ring of Fire by Jonny Cash.
Unfulfilled ambitions, he would like to go to the Olympics just to see what is was like. It might be an idea for Lewis to write to Sir Clive Woodward and do Jim'll fix it for him. Just joking of course but you never know? And his most treasured memory playing in the Rugby World Cup 2003.
I would say that is a memory treasured by England rugby fans around the world.
*Source: ERSC Official Magazine Issue 18
Rugby World Cup Winners
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