In April, Wasps will face Gloucester twice in the space of three weekends in two huge games. The first of those is in the Quarter Final of the Amlin Challenge Cup, and the second comes two weeks later, on Easter Saturday, in The Stinger at Twickenham Stadium.
Woodman, who has recently joined up with Gloucester as part of their coaching team, says that the two big games will be even more interesting for him.
“There are a lot of people at Wasps who I coached last year but, to be honest, Wasps is a Club that is evolving and there are a lot of new players that I wouldn’t know too well. When you go back to an old club it is always the people behind the scenes that you like bumping into.
“The Wasps v Gloucester games over the past ten or twelve years have been pretty decent ones. If you look at the past few years Wasps have lost to the eventual winners of the Amlin Challenge Cup. If that can continue this year that would be great!”
With Wasps passing the 20,000 mark for tickets sold to The Stinger a few weeks ago, Woodman says that he is pleased to see that the fixture, previously named The St George’s Day Game, has been brought back after a year’s hiatus.
“It is great that Wasps have brought that fixture back in. The idea was to try and get a bumper crowd into Twickenham for St George’s Day and make a real festive atmosphere and I thought it was a real shame that it dropped off in the third year. It is great that it is back.”
“Obviously Twickenham is a fantastic place to play rugby. It is not every day that you get an opportunity to play at Twickenham. Some of us have been fortunate enough to play for England and play there more than others. As a club player, sometimes you may never have the opportunity to play there so to go there with your club in front of what will hopefully be a great crowd, there may not be a better occasion in your career.”
“There is a natural lift that comes with playing in a stadium like Twickenham. When you get to this time of year where the sun comes out and the pitches are dry, it will be a fast style of rugby and for that to be in front of a big crowd at a stadium like Twickenham is what it is all about.”
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