Hurricanes lose fullback for season
Cape Town - Hurricanes
fullback Jason Woodward's Super Rugby season is over due to a broken
ankle sustained during a club rugby game in Wellington at the weekend.
Woodward, who has made three appearances for the Hurricanes this
season, suffered the injury when he was caught in the middle of a
challenge by two defenders while playing at centre for his club Upper
Hutt against Oriental Rongotai.
Hurricanes head coach Chris Boyd said Woodward's injury was a big
setback for a player who has made a significant contribution since he
returned to the franchise after spending two seasons at the Melbourne
Boyd said Woodward's injury would not dissuade him from sending players back to club rugby, however.
"As I said to Jason you can't wrap guys in cotton wool," he told Fairfax Media.
"It's a contact sport and injuries happen. I've seen the footage and it was nothing out of the ordinary.
"He just got caught, one guy over the top, one guy underneath. It was just bad luck."
Woodward will be replaced in the Hurricanes squad by 19-year-old
fullback Sam McNicol, who represented the New Zealand Schools team two
McNicol recently returned to action after he underwent double hip surgery last year.
The Hurricanes are unlikely to use McNicol this season but Boyd is
confident he could play at Super Rugby level if the situation arose.
"He's in a good space," added Boyd.
"He had a lot of time out of playing, but that allowed him to spend a
lot of time on his training and he's physical enough now to be involved
in Super Rugby."