Black Ferns Sevens star Portia Woodman happy to return when the time is right

By Michael Hudson

New Zealand Sevens star Portia Woodman is expected to return from an Achilles injury just before the start of the new season and she said she’s not worried about the speed of her recovery.

Woodman, who has the reputation of being one of th finest sevens players, has been sidelined since she ruptured her Achilles at training in November last year and she is expected to return in August. She has to recover on schedule if she’s to be available for selection at the start of the 2019-20 season in October.

The 27-year-old said she was taking her recovery as she goes and said the past few months have been full of ups and downs for her.

“I’ve been out of the system for about seven months,” Woodman was quoted as saying by 1 news.” “[I’ve] been running for the last couple of months, and it’s been pretty good. You have your ups and downs, but most of the time it’s been pretty cool.

“Getting the calf strength is probably the biggest part, but [I’m] looking to be back for next season. I’m kind of just taking it as I go.

“My return to playing is in August. Whether I make it or not is up to me – I’m not really fazed. The next tournament is in October. We’ve got Olympics next year. I’ll just take it as we go.”

Woodman debuted for New Zealand Sevens in 2013 and was part of the squad who won the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Russia.

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