Impressive Rebels fullback Jason Woodward will leave Melbourne at seasons end after signing for the Hurricanes in New Zealand in order to chase his dream of becoming an All Black.
The signing means Woodward will pass up the opportunity to represent the Wallabies, as one more year in Australia would have made him elligible to wear the green and gold, but the 24 year-old has his sights set on fulfilling his childhood dream.
“Just like any other kid who grows up in New Zealand, I have always wanted to be an All Black," Woodward said.
“Wellington is home for me and having the chance to be closer to family and friends was a big part of the decision.
“There are a few personal family matters, but also this decision allows me to follow my dream."
The move is also a smart one for the Hurricanes, after it was announced earlier this year that incumbent fullback Andre Taylor would move on at the end of this season to play in Japan.
24 year-old Woodward has turned heads this year for the Rebels after putting in consistent performances in the no.15 jersey while also becoming the Rebels highest every points scorer after last nights match against the Brumbies, surpassing James O'Connor to be on 179 points.
With Queensland Reds back Mike Harris having signed for Melbourne for next year, a replacement for Woodward may already be set up, but it is also highly likely that Tony McGahan will look to bring in some extra big names to his squad.
Wellington-born Woodward played for the Wellington Lions ITM Cup team in his native country before signing for the Rebels two years ago, and also made four appearances for the New Zealand U20 side.
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