Moody can still lead England

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Lewis Moody’s chances of captaining England into the Rugby World Cup will become clearer today.

Moody limped out of England’s 23-19 Rugby World Cup warm-up win against Wales with what he hopes is just a “tweak” of his right knee.

The Bath flanker missed England’s Six Nations title campaign after damaging ligaments in the same knee in January. He took the field on Saturday with heavy strapping on his leg. The England medics will assess Moody when he returns to the team’s base at Pennyhill Park before any decision is taken as to whether he requires a scan. Moody’s initial fear when 18-stone team-mate Matt Banahan fell on his knee at Twickenham was that he would miss the Rugby World Cup.

Those concerns had eased by the time Moody returned to the changing room but England still have an anxious wait before he is given the all-clear.

“Lewis is usually a quick healer,” said Johnson. “It could be one of those where he.s back in a week or so.” Johnson has previously identified Moody as the man he wants to lead England into the World Cup.