His position is loosehead prop, and he has played 111 tests for the New Zealand national team, the All Blacks. Woodcock has played for the All Blacks since 2002, scoring eight test tries. He has been described by The Dominion Post as "widely regarded as the world"s premier loosehead", and by The New Zealand Herald as having the "best range of skills of any prop on the planet".
He is now the most capped All Black prop of all time, and is the second most capped player in Blues history, behind Keven Mealamu.
After 113 appearances for the Blues, he joined the Highlanders for the 2013 Super Rugby season. However about a year later, after spending a year with the Highlanders who came 2nd to last in Super Rugby, Woodcock decided to return to the Blues where he would be closer to his family.
He signed a 1-year contract. Woodcock has a reputation for playing as much rugby as possible.
In 2005 he played in the first eleven of the twelve All Black test matches that year.
From 2001 to 2004, he played in every match for North Harbour, except for the first two matches of 2004 due to being on All Black duty, and in 2002 and 2003, he played the full eighty minutes of every game for North Harbour. He was the first All Black prop to score a test try against Australia in 20 years and on 2 August 2008 he became the first All Black prop to score two tries in a match (a rare feat for a prop against any side) against Australia in over 50 years. He scored New Zealand"s only try in the 2011 Rugby World Cup Final against France, becoming the first All Black prop to score a try in a Rugby World Cup final, and only the second prop ever to do southern
He received his 100th cap for the All Blacks in a test match in Wellington against Australia on 24 August 2013.
Woodcock was named in the 31-man squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, where he scored a against Tonga in the final pool match. His 118 test-match career in rugby union unfortunately ended in the same match, when he was injured.
Joe Moody was subsequently flown over to England from New Zealand in order to replace Woodcock, who collected his medal following New Zealand"s victory in the final against Australia"s Wallabies. Outside rugby, Woodcock has a sheep and dairy farm near Kaukapakapa.