Black Ferns winger Portia Woodman has made the top 10 of a list of rugby’s most influential people, outranking All Black counterparts Beauden Barrett and Kieran Read and coming in just two places below All Black coach Steve Hansen.
Woodman is ninth on the Top 50 list published by British magazine Rugby World. The try scoring machine been chosen for her on-field prowess as well as her ability to confront and highlight issues in the sport.
Hansen has slipped four places from third to seventh.
Ireland coach New Zealander Joe Schmidt is fifth.
Other New Zealanders on the list include New Zealand Rugby boss Steve Tew, Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle and outgoing Wales coach Warren Gatland.
England coach Eddie Jones has plummeted from second to 19th.
England’s head coach has fallen down the standings published in the September issue of Rugby World magazine following a dismal first half of 2018 that included five successive Test defeats.
Australian Jones has also been forced to issue two public apologies for disparaging comments made about Wales and Ireland, and Bath owner Bruce Craig, whom he labelled the “Donald Trump of rugby”.
World Rugby vice-chairman Gus Pichot tops the list and is followed by new South Africa boss Rassie Erasmus – who masterminded a 2-1 series victory over England in June – with Montpellier owner Mohed Altrad in third.
The standings are produced every two years and are based on the views of players, coaches, administrators and media.
– RNZ / Reuters