2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games: Portia Woodman

  • 26/03/2018
Portia Woodman
Portia Woodman. Photo credit: Getty

Age: 26
Height: 1.70m
Weight: 70kg
Event: Rugby sevens
Born: July 12, 1991
Coach: Allan Bunting
Social links: @PortiaWoodman (Twitter), @portia.woodman.5 (Facebook)

Woodman began her sporting career as a netballer, playing for the Northern Mystics in trans-Tasman ANZ Premiership, before switching to the oval ball in 2012.

She brought excellent pedigree to her new game – father Kawhena and uncle Fred were legends of North Auckland rugby, both playing on the wing for the All Blacks and Maori All Blacks.

Woodman made her international debut against England in 2013 and was part of the Black Ferns squad that won the Rugby World Cup later that year. She was also a key contributor to the team that won the 2017 Rugby World Cup and was subsequently named World Rugby Women’s Player of the Year.

She is also the leading tryscorer on the women’s world circuit, where she was named 2015 World Rugby Women’s Sevens Player of the Year. The following year, she helped New Zealand to a silver medal, behind Australia, in the inaugural Olympic tournament at Rio.

The Black Ferns Sevens have won four of the five world series contested since 2012, bowing to Australia in 2015/16. Woodman was top tryscorer in three of those five years.