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Hurricanes Super Rugby winning back Jason Woodward has agreed to leave New Zealand and play in England for Premiership club Bristol.

Woodward joined the Hurricanes two seasons ago from the Rebels in Melbourne and was in the side that started in this season’s Super Rugby final.

Woodward missed most of the 2015 Super Rugby season but was the starting winger in the Hurricanes 20-3 Super Rugby final victory over the Lions.

The 26 year-old – who is equally adept at full back or wing – has made 43 appearances in Super Rugby for Melbourne Rebels and the Hurricanes, notching 252 points.

“Jason is an excellent acquisition for Bristol Rugby and a player who has consistently impressed in the Super Rugby competition,” said Bristol’s Director of Rugby Andy Robinson.

“He’s quick, solid under the high ball and has a strong kicking game. For Jason, this is a fresh challenge for him and we know he’ll be determined to make his mark in the Aviva Premiership.”

Woodward represented New Zealand U20s, helping the team to the 2010 IRB Junior World Championship title in Argentina.

He added: “I felt it was the right time for me to come and experience playing in a new environment and Bristol Rugby is the right fit for me.

“It’s a great club with a big supporter base and a city that is passionate about rugby. I’m looking forward to working with the coaches and players that Bristol have here.

“To sign off from my time at the Hurricanes with a Super Rugby title was a fitting way to finish and now I’m excited about testing myself against quality opposition in the top flight of England.”

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