Winning Portia returns home from Sevens tournament

Portia Woodman, NZ Sevens - Photo / file

Ngāpuhi's Portia Woodman has arrived back in the country alongside her winning NZ Sevens team. The Sevens star not only scored the winning try in the final against Brazil, she also became the first player to reach 60 tries since the inaugural series in 2012.

Portia Woodman is happy to be back on home soil and hanging out with her family.
Portia Woodman from Ngāpuhi says, "I just have to stay awake for the rest of the day but it's really good to be home with mum and dad, can't wait to get some good relaxed whānau time."

Portia injured her back last year and again at the Nationals in Rotorua last month but she's clearly back to her best.  In Brazil last weekend, the explosive winger scored 13 tries, none more important than this one in the final against Australia, and won player of the tournament.

"It felt like I just got the ball, it was definitely a team effort because there was no way i was gonna to that without them but i feel like I'm on my way to my peak," explains Woodman.

Her dad, Kawhena Woodman is also enjoying having his daughter home, "She just came back and then she got injured, and we just encouraged her to stay strong and these are the rewards that follow, it's awesome."

But Kawhena, a former All Black, believes his daughter is portraying his rugby skills, "To my memory yes, I'm very happy about that, a family member has told me that she plays very much the same."

With qualifying for the Olympics next year the driving factor this world series, the team did spend a few days in Rio following the tournament not only to promote the sport but also see the Olympic venue.

With such a strong winning culture in her team and winning support at home, 2015 looks to be another winning year for Portia.