Moody could miss New Zealand clash

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The Independent Online

England captain Lewis Moody faces a race against time to be fit for the autumn Test opener against New Zealand at Twickenham.

Moody's club Bath say he is expected to be out of action for up to four weeks after suffering bruising to his eye during last Friday's Aviva Premiership home defeat against Gloucester.

England face the All Blacks on November 6, when former Leicester flanker Moody would be an integral part of red rose boss Martin Johnson's plans.