Topic: Rugby

2013 Steinlager Rugby Awards

There are 12 Māori across 13 categories vying for awards tonight.

Liam Messam of Tūhoe is a finalist in three sections, super 15 player of the year, the Māori player of the year and the overall NZ player of the year.

Many of the Māori players are in the sevens sections, with both Kurt Baker and Gillies Kaka finalists for the men's sevens player of the year while Kayla McAlistair and Portia Woodman are finalists in the women's sevens section.

Te Kāea was lucky enough to sit down with Portia this week to talk about her first full year in rugby.

She's known for her speed and her sidestep and she's had an amazing year with her seven’s sisters.

Woodman couldn't be more proud to be a finalist for NZ Rugby Women's Sevens Player of the Year.

“I'm just stoked to be appreciated for what I've done this year, and I wouldn't be there if it wasn't for the girls.”

The NZ women's sevens team won the Rugby World Cup in Moscow this year, and Portia was the top try scorer.

As well as being a machine on the sevens field, Portia made her debut for the Black Ferns this year but says her heart lies with the shorter version of the game.

While Portia would love to win the award tonight, her 2013 has been a memorable one.