Woodward said: "This is the day it has all become real. I am determined we leave no stone unturned in our preparations and this is the first opportunity for me to sit down with the players to discuss that. I am very impressed by them. They are totally up for it, focussed and committed to doing the best possible for their clubs, countries and the Lions. I want this Tour to be different from any other with each player enjoying the experience, acting as an ambassador for their country as well as focussing on winning."
Lions skipper Brian O'Driscoll said: "Today it hit home what a massive honour it is to be a player and the captain of this squad. The room was littered with captains and leaders from both club and country. Seeing so much class together is what makes this so exciting and we know we all have a chance to be involved in something special. Everyone realises that from this day forward we cease to be Irish, Scottish, English and Welsh. We become Lions with tremendous history and objectives."
There were also words from Gareth Thomas, Gordon Bulloch, Martin Corry and Paul O'Connell, players who have led their respective nations. Neil Back also spoke of his experience of playing on three Lions Tours.
Gareth Thomas said: "Standing up in-front of the players today, you realise what an honour it is to be picked for the Lions. The Welsh players are all delighted and relishing the opportunity to play with such a great squad of players. There will be tough times and good times but I can guarantee from myself and the other Welsh players we will support Brian 100%. I know that goes for the whole squad too. We know what a great challenge it will be but there is no book that says you can't enjoy it and play with a smile on your face. We will aim to do just that."
Gordon Bulloch said: "To be mentioned alongside so many other Scottish greats who have toured with the Lions, is a great feeling. We maybe small in number but we will be big in commitment and passion. We will not let these players down."
Paul O'Connell said: "This is a chance for the Irish players to achieve something really special. The Irish players are good trainers and honest players. We can't wait for the opportunity to join forces with the best of four nations and put together a vintage Lions squad."
Martin Corry said: "We may have played against each other in the RBS Six Nations but nothing will stop us coming together for the Lions. We all know how hard it will be in New Zealand but everyone is looking forward to the challenge."
Andy Titterrall added: "It is great to be with such an excellent bunch of players and today has been a fantastic start and we are already starting to gel as a squad."