Portia Woodman

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Portia Woodman
Portia Woodman 2016.jpg
Date of birth (1991-07-12) 12 July 1991 (age 27)
Height 1.7 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 70 kg (154 lb)
Notable relative(s) Kawhena Woodman (father)
Fred Woodman (uncle)
Te Aroha Keenan (aunt)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013 New Zealand ()
National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps
2013 New Zealand

Portia Woodman (born 12 July 1991) is a New Zealand rugby union player. She is currently a member of the New Zealand Women's Sevens team.


Woodman played netball for the Northern Mystics before switching to rugby union in 2012.

Rugby career[edit]

She made her debut for the Black Ferns in 2013 against England.[1][2] She was included in the squad that won the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Russia.[3] She was named in the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup squad.[4][5] The Black Ferns won the World Cup. Ms. Woodman was a dominant player in all their games except the last. The English women contained her but perhaps the effort to do so let the other Black Ferns triumph. A gold medal winner at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Personal life[edit]

Woodman comes from a sporting background with both her father, Kawhena, and her uncle, Fred Woodman being former All Blacks. Her aunt Te Aroha Keenan is a former Silver Fern.[6] Of Māori descent, Woodman affiliates to the Ngāpuhi iwi.[7]


  1. ^ "Rugby: Woodman set for auspicious debut". The New Zealand Herald. 12 July 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Portia Woodman to make Black Ferns debut". 3news.co.nz. 12 July 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Andrew Alderson (2 July 2013). "Rugby sevens: Top scoring Portia owes it all to her mum and dad". Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Black Ferns squad for 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup named". All Blacks. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  5. ^ "Black Ferns World Cup squad named". Radio New Zealand. 5 July 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  6. ^ Nick Jordan (2 January 2014). "New Zealand Sevens star Portia Woodman targeting Brazilian return on Womens World Series". Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "43 Māori athletes to head to Rio Olympics". Te Karere. 5 August 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2016. 

External links[edit]

2018 rugby world cup sevens