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Women’s Rugby World Cup: England beat Canada to win final

England ended a run of three successive final defeats to finally land the Women’s Rugby World Cup with a hard-fought 21-9 win over Canada in Paris.

The Red Roses led by five points inside the final 10 minutes but Emily Scarratt barged though and raced into the corner to make sure of victory.

Scarratt scored another 11 points with the boot while Danielle Waterman rounded off a first-half team try.

England’s only previous success in the tournament came back in 1994.

In the 20 years since, England have lost the 2002, 2006 and 2010 finalsto New Zealand, but their experience and quality finally told against a Canadian side contesting their first.

“We’ve worked so hard for this, and there are so many great legends that have gone before us that haven’t won in an England shirt, and that’s for all of them who are here today,” captain Katy Mclean told Sky Sports.

“It started years ago with the people that have brought us here, our family and friends. We’ve had to work today – Canada were fantastic – and it’s amazing to think we’ve done it.”

The victory may well mark the end of the international career of England stalwart Maggie Alphonsi who was one of four players in the starting line-up who played in the last two final defeats.

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Women’s Rugby World Cup: England 40-7 Ireland

England beat Ireland to reach final of Women’s Rugby World Cup

Relentless, classy England swatted aside a disappointing Ireland to book a place in their fourth consecutive Women’s Rugby World Cup final. Marlie Packer bagged a late brace of converted tries, but Emily Scarratt was the stand-out performer for a team whose superior fitness, experience, forward play and often bewitching lines of running meant, if anything, the 33-point margin of victory flattered their opponents.

A similar performance in Sunday’s final ought to end a 12-year hoodoo in which England have notched up an unenviable hat-trick of final defeats, all at the hands of New Zealand. A fourth would be unthinkable, but at least now they can look forward to the psychological boost of a change of foe, following the shock early exit of the Silver Ferns from this Gallic rugby jamboree.

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Women’s Rugby World Cup : no longer a two-horse race between England and New Zealand

England prepare to face Samoa in opening game of a much more competitive Women’s World Cup believing that they can finally beat four-times champions New Zealand


England open Women’s Rugby World Cup campaign against Samoa in Paris, armed in equal measure with the belief that they can finally end the hegemony of four-times champions New Zealand and a warning that the tournament is no longer merely a two-horse race.

England and New Zealand have contested the last three finals, most recently at the Twickenham Stoop in 2010 when Gary Street’s side narrowly lost 13-10 as the Black Ferns claimed their fourth successive title.

Yet the days when the early stages of the World Cup used to effectively serve as a warm-up act before the pair met each other in the final appear to be over.

The landscape of the women’s game has altered dramatically over the last four years, as greater funding and the inclusion of Sevens in the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016 has help significantly broaden the base of the international game.

The main surge has come in the northern hemisphere. England surrendered their grip over the Six Nations to first Ireland in 2013 and then France this year while the United States and Canada are also regarded as genuine contenders for the 12-team tournament in Paris.

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