Woodward ruled out with back injury


Melbourne Rebels
Melbourne Rebels

RaboDirect Rebels fullback Jason Woodward will miss the final match of the Asteron Life Super Rugby season, ruled out with a back complaint.

Woodward sustained the injury in the Rebels’ 34 -17 loss to the Lions.

It’s a disappointing end to a wonderful two year career in Melbourne, with Woodward returning home to New Zealand in 2015 to chase his maiden an All Blacks cap.

“I’m pretty gutted,” Woodward said. “I went up for a high ball, a restart last week and landed on my back.

“I played the rest of the game but it’s been pretty niggly. I don’t really want to let the boys down by being out there and not play at my best.

“It’s really gutting, but I have full confidence in the rest of the lads to get the job done.

“But looking back over the past two years at the fun I’ve had and the friendships I’ve made, life in Melbourne, it’s been awesome. It’s something I’ll never forget.”

Telusa Veianu will move from the wing to fullback, while Fijian International Alex Rokobaro will get his first start for the Club in the 14 jersey.

Rebels lock Sam Jeffries will be elevated to the bench for what will be his Super Rugby debut if called upon.

Woodward finishes his Rebels career with 210 points, including six tries in 26 matches.

UPDATED RaboDirect Rebels team to play Bulls, Loftus Versfeld, Friday July 11th (Saturday July 12th 3:10am, AEST)

1. Toby Smith

2. Shota Horie

3. Laurie Weeks

4. Hugh Pyle

5. Cadeyrn Neville

6. Luke Jones

7. Scott Fuglistaller (Captain)

8. Colby Fainga’a

9. Luke Burgess

10. Jack Debreczeni

11. Tom English

12. Mitch Inman

13. Tamati Ellison

14. Alex Rokobaro

15. Telusa Veainu

16. Pat Leafa

17. Cruze Ah-Nau

18. Paul Alo-Emile

19. Sam Jeffries

20. Lopeti Timani

21. Jordy Reid

22. Nic Stirzaker

23. Lalakai Foketi

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