Posted September 08, 2018 07:00:49 After being named in the All Blacks squad for their tour of the United States, former Wallaby and New Zealand lock Kevin Jamals Wood has said he is “trying to get some fresh air” with a new challenge.
Wood, who was a fullback in the Wallabies’ recent World Cup victory over South Africa, said he had had a “lot of fun” but the new challenge would be to be the first non-captain in the team to play in the World Cup.
He said he was excited to be “the first person in the squad to play for the New Zealand team” after the World Rugby Rugby Council approved a non-selectors list for the World Cups.
“I think I’ve got a bit more in me than just a few days in training, a bit less than that.
I think I have been in quite a pick-le,” he said.”
Obviously I’m very proud of the team we’ve got.
I’d like to see that team win the World Series and I’m sure we can get a result at the World Championship.”
We’ve got some pretty strong players and we’ve all got to make sure we’re getting in the right positions, whether it’s as a flanker or as a No. 8 or as an inside back.
“The New Zealander has been part of the Wallaby camp since his debut in 2012, but it was his role in their 2014 World Cup campaign where he truly started to shine.
Wood was a key part of their run to the Rugby Championship title, which they eventually lost to the All Black side in the final.”
When you’ve been part the team from the beginning, it’s not a case of you’re playing the first game, you’ve got to be at the right place at the wrong time,” he told the Sunday Times.”
But the first time you come in it’s like you’re on your own, and I think in my case it’s helped me a lot.
“My role has been to do that for a while now and it’s been very beneficial for the team.”
Wood said he would be looking to “be a good asset” on the Walla-Wallabies’ bench and could be a regular contributor in their run for the title.
“If I can get into the squad and play some minutes for them, I think that will help us,” he added.
“They’ll probably get a bit nervous, but that’s fine.
You never know, I’ve been playing some World Cups in the past and that’s a good thing.”