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Woodcock braced for 'fired up' Boks

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Sportal.co.nz     12 Aug 2011     Getty Images

Woodcock rejoined the All Blacks squad on Thursday when they reassembled for a two-day camp ahead of the side's departure for South Africa on Saturday.

He said, knowing the Springboks' top players were also on the comeback trail made it an interesting situation for both sides.

"If I do get the chance to play it is going to be a pretty big game from what I know [with] their No.1 side," he said.

But having to switch right back into full contact mode made the exercise more beneficial.

"You always want to play South Africa with their strongest team, pretty much the same as every team really," he said.

"They're going to be pretty fired up to play well [after returning from injuries and rest] like our players last week."

Woodcock rated Jannie du Plessis the best of his South African rivals because of his attention to his core roles and from the Springboks overall he was expecting nothing less than the usual physicality which was always heightened when they played at home.

Woodcock said his foot injury, and time out of the game, had been frustrating but he was pleased to be 'pretty much fully fit and ready to go'.

Woodcock had not gone into panic mode with the amount of time it was taking to recover ahead of the World Cup.

"The medical staff were always pretty happy with the way things were going, although slightly slow, but it was always going to come good," he said.