Planet Rugby

Mixed emotions for ex-Rebel Woodward

18th July 2014 08:13

Share:

Rebels full back Jason Woodward on a break

To the 'Canes: Jason Woodward

Rebels full-back Jason Woodward admits that leaving Melbourne isn't easy, but is excited to take on his old team-mates next year.

The New Zealander is returning home to play for the Hurricanes in Super Rugby, in an attempt to crack his way into contention for the All Blacks.

An accurate goalkicker who has been one of the Rebels' standout performers this year, Woodward admitted that he would miss the squad after a good two years.

"It's obviously disappointing to leave such a great group of guys; the playing group over the last two years, although it has changed a lot, it has always been a really tight-knit group," said Woodward.

"The fact that nobody is actually from Melbourne, and we've all had to move here, puts us all in the same boat and has sort of glued us together stronger than other teams I have been a part of.

"Off the field, there's been some good times mucking around; playing golf, and other little things like that, I will really miss. Hanging out with guys like Bryce Hegarty, Luke Jones and Lachie Mitchell; I've gotten along really well with a number of guys, and I could sit there and talk about the whole team.

"I have had really good relationships with guys in the team, and to be leaving them is sad but to have the opportunity to play against them in the coming years is certainly something I am looking forward to."

Picking out a highlight, Woodward references the fixture against the British and Irish Lions in 2013.

"I guess you always look back and look at the victories you've had, but I think the most special one that sticks out in my minds was when we hosted the British and Irish Lions at AAMI Park last year," added Woodward.

"It was massive to get the opportunity to play against those guys at a packed home ground, and it's something I will never forget. I just remember that the atmosphere that night was awesome, and playing with my mates against those guys was pretty cool."

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
International Match
Saturday , November 1
Barbarians vs AustraliaBarbarians vs Australia Preview
USA vs New ZealandUSA vs New Zealand Preview
More International Match fixtures
LV= Cup
Saturday , November 1
Sale Sharks vs Wasps14:00
Exeter vs Gloucester15:00
Bath vs London Welsh15:00
London Irish vs Leicester15:00
Northampton vs Newcastle16:00
Sunday , November 2
Saracens vs Harlequins13:00
Friday , November 7
Scarlets vs Northampton19:30
Ospreys vs Saracens19:35
Harlequins vs Newport Gwent D'gons19:45
Newcastle vs Cardiff Blues20:00
More LV= Cup fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Saturday , November 1
Cardiff Blues vs MunsterCardiff Blues vs Munster Preview
Scarlets vs ZebreScarlets vs Zebre Preview
Ulster vs Newport Gwent D'gonsUlster vs Newport Gwent D
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Saturday , November 1
Lyon vs Toulouse13:45
Racing Metro Paris vs Oyonnax18:30
Stade Francais vs Bordeaux-Begles18:30
La Rochelle vs Montpellier18:30
Brive vs Castres18:30
Bayonne vs Clermont Auvergne20:45
Sunday , November 2
Toulon vs Grenoble13:00
More Top 14 fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Guinness PRO12
Friday , October 31
Ospreys 26 - 11 ConnachtOspreys vs Connacht Report
Glasgow 17 - 9 Benetton TrevisoGlasgow vs Benetton Treviso Report
Leinster 33 - 8 EdinburghLeinster vs Edinburgh Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
European Rugby Champions Cup
Sunday , October 26
Castres 16 - 21 LeinsterCastres vs Leinster Report
Clermont Auvergne 35 - 3 Sale SharksClermont Auvergne vs Sale Sharks Report
Benetton Treviso 10 - 26 Racing Metro 92
Wasps 16 - 23 HarlequinsWasps vs Harlequins Report
Saturday , October 25
Ulster 13 - 23 ToulonUlster vs Toulon Report
Bath 19 - 21 ToulouseBath vs Toulouse Report
Montpellier 13 - 15 GlasgowMontpellier vs Glasgow Report
Northampton 34 - 6 OspreysNorthampton vs Ospreys Report
Scarlets 15 - 3 LeicesterScarlets vs Leicester Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Rovigo 18 - 33 Cardiff Blues
Oyonnax 15 - 25 Gloucester
Bucuresti 9 - 13 Stade Francais
Exeter 33 - 13 Connacht
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
Currie Cup
Western Province 19 - 16 LionsWestern Province vs Lions Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Taranaki 36 - 32 TasmanTaranaki vs Tasman Report
More ITM Cup results
European Rugby Champions Cup
Friday , October 24
Munster 14 - 3 SaracensMunster vs Saracens Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Grenoble 15 - 25 London Irish
Brive 21 - 26 Zebre
Newport Gwent D'gons 26 - 30 Newcastle
Edinburgh 25 - 17 LOU Rugby
La Rochelle 25 - 13 Bayonne
Thursday , October 23
London Welsh 20 - 52 Bordeaux-BeglesLondon Welsh vs Bordeaux-Begles Report
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Northampton625
2Saracens622
3Exeter620
4Bath620
5Wasps615