Black Ferns star’s chilling admission after cup final | Tech US News


Amidst all the celebrations following the Black Ferns’ stunning World Cup win, there was also a fitting warning about the less glamorous side of rugby.

Black Ferns star Portia Woodman has revealed she can’t remember anything from her side’s 34-31 win over England at Eden Park, with the winger forced off the field in the 18th minute after a harrowing head collision.

Up until this point, Woodman was the most dangerous player. The left wing racked up 75 meters while beating five defenders and showed why he is the World Cup’s top scorer for the second consecutive tournament.

However, Woodman was sent off with one touch on the touchline for a nasty head-butt with Lydia Thompson – for which the England winger was shown a red card.

After lying on the touchline for several minutes, Woodman was wheeled off the field in a wheelchair as she failed to undergo a head injury assessment and revealed on Instagram this morning that she could not remember the game.

“Even though I don’t remember the match, I know I have a gold medal because we won,” Woodman posted with a picture of her medal.

“So proud of our girls, 32 here and 244 for helping us get to this point!”

Woodman’s head injury, as well as that of England Player of the Year Zoe Aldcroft, who also had to leave the field in the first half, were a reminder that while sport can enthuse and inspire generations of New Zealanders, it must also educate young players about the dangers it poses playing a physical game.

The 31-year-old was back on her feet in time to take part in the celebrations, although Black Ferns head coach Wayne Smith warned she would need time to recover.

“The last time I saw Portia, she was jumping all over me,” the coach said. “But I don’t want to trivialize it because she wasn’t great. She has not completed an HIA; I don’t know if she will remember most of the game.

“She played so well too. It was really disappointing. She’ll recover, but she’s not a puppy right now.”

Portia Woodman takes selfies with fans at the Black Ferns celebration.  Photo / Alex BurtonPortia Woodman takes selfies with fans at the Black Ferns celebration. Photo / Alex Burton

Woodman clearly fared better the next day as she joined her teammates at their celebration in downtown Auckland and signed plenty of autographs for her fans.


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