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Black Ferns Sevens feature at World Rugby Sevens awards

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Libby Boggs     14 Jun 2018     Getty Images

World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said, “It has been another tremendous year for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, which continues to go from strength to strength.”

At the awards, the Black Ferns Sevens featured prominently in several categories.

Portia Woodman claimed the women’s Top try-scorer award, the fourth time she has received that accolade, from six Series.

Coach of the Series award was presented for the first time and won by Allan Bunting in the women’s series. World Rugby noted Bunting led the Black Ferns Sevens to three consecutive tournament titles and a Commonwealth Games gold in 2018.
Winger Michaela Blyde received the DHL Impact Player of the Year award for the second season in a row. A calculation of player statistics, the award recognises the player with the best tackles, breaks, offload and carries across the season.

“This is pretty special. I’m shocked and truly grateful. I put this down to my teammates who create the opportunities for me and I thank them,” said Michaela Blyde.

Both Blyde and Woodman were named in the HSBC Dream Team. 

Attention now turns to the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in San Francisco from 20-22 July. The All Blacks Sevens and Black Ferns Sevens are both current defending champions and will be looking to repeat the double title that they also claimed at the Commonwealth Games earlier this year.