His open assessment of the post-Rugby World Cup relationships he had with both club and RFU officials may have left rugby's top brass reeling, but his commitment to the Lions will be welcome news to fans of the four-union team.
"I am 100% committed to the Lions. My commitment to them is absolute," said Woodward. "The Lions is going to be fantastic. I want to work with the Welsh, the Irish, and the Scots. That's what I intend to do."
Woodward said his resignation from the post as England Head Coach may make the coaches of the other unions more accommodating towards him as he formulates plans for the summer tour to New Zealand. He revealed Wales boss Mike Ruddock had communicated his support via text message, and that he hoped to work closely with the Wales team.
Wales internationals Gareth Thomas, Shane Williams, Gareth Cooper, Colin Charvis, Robin McBryde and Duncan Jones are all likely candidates to participate in the tour, with former Wales stars and experienced tourists Rob Howley and Scott Quinnell also in contention.