Portia Woodman

Portia Woodman plays rugby for the Black Ferns in both forms of the code. One of the game's most prolific try scorers.


New Zealand restored its supremacy in women's rugby by relieving England of the World Cup by 41-32 in the final in Belfast in August 2017. Portia ran in 13 tries for the tournament.

After winning four straight Women's Rugby World Cups, beating England in three finals, the Black Ferns failed to make the semifinals in 2014 and watched England triumph in Paris. 

Portia 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. This paid off when the Black Fern Sevens won Silver in Rio. She played all five Tests - four at centre and one on the wing - and scored four tries. 

She 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)