Thursday, March 24, 2011
Earlier today it was announced that Josh Lewsey will be coming out of retirement to play for Wasps, two years after hanging up his boots. It seems a good time to learn a bit more about what he's been up to since then, namely with his Everest expedition.
Lewsey, now 34 and working full time as a management consultant, has played in a few charity games recently. He's shown that he's still in excellent shape, so was approached by Wasps to provide cover for their back three until the end of the season.
It's a short term contract so he was happy to take up the opportunity to help out the club he played with for so long. "This isn't a long term thing but after playing in a couple of recent charity games, Leon and Shaun (Edwards) contacted me to see if I could assist the club for the remainder of the season," Lewsey said.
"If they think I could positively contribute to my old club in any way- be it on the field or around the dressing room on match days, then I'd be happy to do so."
As we'll be seeing him playing again soon, here's an excellent clip from Total Rugby in which the 2003 World Cup winner talks about his incredible experiences on Everest. It's really interesting to see what he's been up to, and starts two minutes in, after a bit of World Cup talk.
Danny Cipriani and Josh Lewsey box and makeup (2008)
England knockout hosts France - Josh Lewsey try (2007)
Josh Lewsey's try saving tackle on Jean De Villiers (2007)
Josh Lewsey hit on Frank Murphy (2007)
Josh Lewsey big hit on Mat Rodgers (2003)
Thanks to the IRB's Total Rugby show