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Moody regrets soft Cup stance

FORMER England captain Lewis Moody has admitted he should have banned his team-mates from going out at night during the recent World Cup.

England's lacklustre challenge in New Zealand was dogged by repeated stories of off-field behaviour, the most high profile being a night out in a Queensland bar which made headlines, in part because of footage showing Mike Tindall in conversation with a woman.

Moody, who retired from international rugby after the tournament, now concedes alarm bells were ringing from the moment the squad arrived in New Zealand.

He said: "I had been growing concerned about the attitude in the camp, which had become apparent pretty much from the moment we arrived in Auckland.

"We were on the other side of the world, a lot of the guys were young, well-known, wealthy and believed they were invincible. I remember thinking that some were not in the right mind-set."