Portia Woodman called time on a top-level netball career with the Northern Mystics in order to join the New Zealand Women’s Sevens programme and she has been a stand-out with the oval ball. Now a Women’s World Cup Sevens champion, Woodman earned her first call-up to the Black Ferns after her stop-start speed, and leave-‘em-for-dust side-step made her an obvious selection for the Black Ferns wing.
She comes from strong rugby stock - both her father and uncle were All Blacks in 1980s.
Her stand-out form in sevens saw her named World Rugby's Women's Sevens Player of the Year in 2015.
Black Ferns (2013)
New Zealand Women's Sevens: 2013
Favourite Rugby ground: Eden Park
Favourite rugby player and why: Dad, my inspiration that anything is possible
Earliest rugby memories: Beating the boys in rugby when I was 7
Best rugby memory: Winning the Rugby Sevens World Cup, playing at Eden Park in front of all my family
Biggest influence on your rugby career and why: My dad and my brothers, biggest support ever
Movie: Jungle Book
Book: Fifty Shades of Grey
On your itunes /iphone playlist: Ed Sheeran – Thinking out loud, Nicki Minaj – Anaconda
Holiday destination: Family Batch up north, my slice of heaven.
Non-rugby sports team: 69ers
Sporting hero: Jonah Lomu
I hate it when … I can’t come up with witty come backs
I can't live without… Butter
If I was a Super hero I would be (and why)… Buttercup – Powerpuff Girls
If I wasn’t a Sevens rugby player I would be… Back up dancer for Nicki Minaj
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