Former England captain Lewis Moody has taken over as director of rugby at his hometown club, newly-promoted Bradford on Avon RFC.
Moody, who has settled in the area after joiningÂ Bath Rugby fromÂ Leicester Tigers in 2010, was involved with Bradford’s 1st XV last season as they won promotion to the Southern Counties league from Dorset Wiltshire 1.
Moody – already an RFU qualified coach – was forced to retire from professional rugby two years ago due to injury and became associated with the club when his son joined the under-6s.
âIâm really excited to be taking on the director of rugby role at my hometown club of Bradford on Avon RFC,” he said.
“My affiliation with the club started two seasons ago and I was hugely impressed with the set-up. I then got involved with the first team last season and was massively encouraged by the commitment the lads showed and proved in winning their league.
I truly hope my experience will benefit the whole club, the juniors as well as the seniors, both on and off the pitch.
“The role will also give me the opportunity to get back into a club environment, something Iâve really missed, and pass on the knowledge and values that the sport has given me to young, aspiring players. And Iâm looking forward to working with head coach Dave Georgeâ.
Keith Dewar, communications director for Bradford, is clear about the nature of the opportunity created by Lewisâ arrival.
âWe feel incredibly proud and fortunate to have Lewis on board and we are going to work hard as a club to justify his faith in us,” he said.
“Lewisâ arrival has created a positive pressure for the entire club to raise our game in everything we do, and there is a renewed excitement and energy on the pitches and around the clubhouse.
“From his first pre-season coaching session, and from his first coaches’ meeting, he has been instrumental in adding real value to our enterprise.
“On the one hand, heâs just a lovely, down-to-earth, normal guy. On the other hand, he has a commitment to achieving excellence in everything he does, demonstrates pure rugby values and has an inspiring, effortless leadership style that could only come from someone who has operated at the top level for as long as he has.”
Ex-Bath Rugby, Leicester Tigers and England ace Lewis Moody appointed ...