Thursday 18 January 2018

Rugby World Cup Diary: Day 36

New Zealand's prop Joe Moody
New Zealand's prop Joe Moody
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Wrestler Moody ready to grapple Boks

It has been a good few weeks for Joe Moody, who starts for New Zealand against South Africa tomorrow despite only linking up with the squad after Tony Woodcock suffered a tournament-ending injury.

The Canterbury loosehead's competition experience helps. Before becoming a world-class prop, he was a wrestler who claimed bronze at the Junior Commonwealth Games before turning his attention to rugby.

Now, he's competing in a different sport and, he revealed yesterday, in a different weight class.

"When I was wrestling I was competing in the U-96kg (15st 1lb) weight class," said Moody, who is now 17st 6lbs."I've definitely gotten a bit bigger. I seem to carry it pretty naturally, if I eat wrong I sort of blow out a bit, but I carry my weight fairly easily."

Georgia's scrummaging prowess is often attributed to their national passion for wrestling, but Moody says he can only use some of what he learnt or else he'll end up on the wrong side of referees.

"As far as helping with rugby, yes and no. Just a little bit of body awareness, that sort of thing. You can use a bit of it in cleanouts, breakdown and that; but not too much because I'd probably be on the sideline with yellow cards," he said.

'Iceman' Foley cometh for Argentina

Wallaby out-half Bernard Foley has earned himself the slightly unimaginative nick-name 'Iceman' for his cool under pressure at this World Cup, but he showed a lack of Top Gun knowledge when the Sydney Morning Herald quizzed him on the whether he had watched the Tom Cruise flick.

"I know who Iceman is. It doesn't bother me, but doesn't he die in the end?" Foley said of the '80s classic.

But the reporter informed him that 'Goose' dies in the movie, while Iceman (Val Kilmer) and Maverick (Cruise) save the day.

"OK. You always want to be Maverick because he gets the girl, doesn't he? But I'll be Iceman," Foley responded.

"I suppose it's your job, you want to stand up. If you're the one who knows what's in mind with the strategy and how you want to play, there's no point going into your shell and leaving it for someone else."

Quote of the day

"'H' has been very complimentary; he's just about killed us with kindness, but we know they want to rip our heads off, so we're not taking too much notice.

- Steve Hansen isn't taking Heyneke Meyer's love-bombing too seriously

Number of the day

3 The fallout from France's exit continued yesterday as three of their senior men - Frederic Michalak, Nicolas Mas and Pascal Papé - retired from international rugby

Irish Independent

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