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Eddie Jones Receives Another Boost As Kiwi Winger Declares For England

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 25: Jason Woodward of the Hurricanes takes a mark during the round five Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Kings at Westpac Stadium on March 25, 2016 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Eddie Jones will have another option to choose from on the wing.

England have received a boost ahead of the new international season, after former New Zealand under 20 winger, Jason Woodward confirmed he would consider lining out for Eddie Jones’ team.

Woodward will of course join Bristol at the conclusion of New Zealand’s provincial season, and has a great deal of Super Rugby experience having played with both the Melbourne Rebels and Hurricanes.

Super Rugby Rd 5 - Hurricanes v Kings
(Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Although the winger had displaced Julian Savea during the early part of the Super Rugby season, Woodward felt he didn’t have a long term future with the Canes, and decided to move abroad.

I just felt with the limited game time I was getting here [that it was time to go]. You know, you don’t see too many guys making the All Blacks from outside the 23 [or] on the bench.

Given that he had played in Australia for two years, the 26 year old flirted with the idea of representing the Wallabies, but has ultimately decided on throwing his lot in with England according to kiwi news site Stuff.

Woodward qualifies to play for Eddie Jones’ team through his ancestry, and previously spent two years in England on on exchange at Hartpury College.

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Author: The PA Team

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