Portia Woodman

Portia Woodman re-joined the Black Ferns in 2016 for the first time since her debut Series, having missed the 2014 and 2015 campaigns to focus on sevens. She played all five Tests - four at centre and one on the wing - and scored four tries.

Woodman earned her first call-up to the Black Ferns for the 2013 International Series after her leave-‘em-for-dust speed and sidestep caught the eye of the selectors.

The speedster comes from impressive rugby stock - both her father and uncle were All Blacks in 1980s - and called time on a top-level netball career to play sevens. Woodman has been recognised on the global stage with the 2015 World Rugby Women’s Sevens Player of the Year Award and won a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Representative Teams:
Black Ferns (2013, 2016-present)
Black Ferns Sevens (2013-present)


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 Bach up north, my slice of heaven.

Non-rugby sports team: 49ers

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 rugby player I would be… Back up dancer for Nicki Minaj

1.7m, 70kg
Test Debut:
v England, 2013
Test Points:
Provincial Team:
Counties Manukau