As the Chancellor tries to make light of Moody's downgrade, Mark Leftly assesses the fallout
The Chancellor George Osborne has been accused of having suffered a “humiliating blow” after Britain was stripped of its AAA credit rating.
Harold Terry loves to talk about how it used to be in Pine Bluff, the days when his mother would drive neighbours who didn’t own cars downtown to shop every Saturday and he’d tag along. “They would buy me candies, every time,” he says.
Something extremely odd happened at the end of the World Cup of rugby that Richie McCaw and Thierry Dusautoir turned into a personal issue of epic proportions. It was that England's captain Lewis Moody, as best he could given his team's performance here, joined on the list of tournament heroes his counterparts of New Zealand and France. Well, sort of.
It will be quite a meeting of minds. Martin Johnson, manager of England, and Andy Robinson, coach of Scotland, have been either pulling for each other or pushing against each other for a full two decades now – they fought hammer and tongs during their playing days with Leicester and Bath respectively before Robinson helped coach Johnson to World Cup glory in 2003 – so when the two men take up the Calcutta Cup cudgels at Twickenham nine days from now, the contest will have a whole history attached to it.
First he was back in, then he was back out again. Lewis Moody, gung-ho flanker and England captain in absentia, had high hopes of reclaiming his place in the red-rose back row in this weekend's eagerly-awaited Six Nations game with France at Twickenham, despite playing fast and loose with his troublesome right knee by returning to action at least a week ahead of schedule. But yesterday's news from the camp was grim: Moody suffered a reaction after training and is now fighting to regain full fitness in time for the Calcutta Cup meeting with Scotland on 13 March.
Bath 38 Northampton 8
England's captain has played in two World Cup finals but he still relishes the excitement before kick-off and is now an old hand at beating Aussies. Hugh Godwin meets Lewis Moody
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