Two teams. Forty six players. Eighty minutes. One World Cup trophy. After nearly two weeks of scintillating women’s rugby, England and New Zealand emerged as the Rugby World Cup finalists, and as the two teams ran out on a clear Belfast evening, the stage was set for perhaps the greatest final yet.
This is it – the World Cup final is tomorrow night, and the two best teams in the world will face off in what promises to be a spectacular display of rugby.
The Red Roses, the defending champions, against New Zealand, World Number 1s. Both teams dominated their pool groups, but while New Zealand had a fairly easy win against the USA in the semi-final, England had to work incredibly hard to overcome a tough French side. With those games only four days ago, fatigue is almost certain to play a role in the outcome of the final.
World Cup winner. World Player of the Year in 2016. Six Nations Grand-Slam-winner. Captain of the best women’s rugby team on the planet. Sarah Hunter’s trophy cabinet must be bulging with all that silverware, but what is it about her game that makes her one of the most decorated and well-respected players in the world? Continue reading
The Red Roses have ended their tour in the most emphatic way, beating host country and world number one side New Zealand in Rotorua. Tries from Abbie Scott, Emily Scarratt, Lydia Thompson, Marlie Packer and Vicky Fleetwood helped England to an eight-point victory as they won 29 – 21.
England have named their side to face the Black Ferns on Saturday, coach Simon Middleton making seven changes to the team which beat Canada on Wednesday.