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Thu Apr 17 12:14:53 SAST 2014

Woodcock quits Blues for Highlanders

Sapa-AP | 10 September, 2012 09:450 Comments
New Zealand All Blacks Media Session
Tony Woodcock of the All Blacks speaks to the media at Southern Cross Hotel on September 10, 2012 in Dunedin, New Zealand
Image by: Sandra Mu / Getty Images

All Blacks prop Tony Woodcock is leaving the Auckland Blues after 113 matches and 10 seasons to play for the Otago Highlanders in next season’s Super 15.

Woodcock, who played his 88th test for New Zealand against Argentina on Saturday, announced his decision on Monday, saying it was “a big call and not an easy one to make.” 

Woodcock said “it’s tough to leave the Blues and my teammates but I’ve made this decision because I think this is best for me and my family at this time.” 

New Blues head coach John Kirwan said the franchise had worked hard to keep Woodcock but understood that after 10 years he felt he needed a new challenge.

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