A classic New Zealand-England in the World Cup final

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A classic New Zealand-England in the World Cup final

For originality, we will go back. New Zealand-England in the World Cup final, it’s deja-vu from home. The two teams have found themselves on the last step of the competition in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2017. And each time, the Black Ferns have emerged victorious. Will the series continue next Saturday? Nothing is less certain as the English appear as the big favorites of the World Cup.

Saturday, against Canada in the semi-finals, they won their 30th match in a row. And even if they were jostled as rarely, the Red Roses showed pragmatism and serenity to win (26-19), in the wake of a package before still dominating. “We had to give everything we had to win. I was impressed with how we hung on and kept fighting,” congratulated coach Simon Middleton after the match. For the final, the English technician will undoubtedly have to do without the back Helena Rowland, injured in the left ankle after having wreaked real havoc in the North American defense.

“Red Roses are pretty scary, they’re so good at everything they do”

On the New Zealand side, the victory against France only whetted the appetite. “We’ve made huge progress over the past year but I’m sure we can go even further in a week.smiled the coach of the Black Ferns, Wayne Smith. I think England are going to be a step up again, it will be quite a challenge. Red Roses are pretty scary, they are so efficient at everything they do. » The Kiwi public, surprisingly sparse during the half (22,043 spectators), should be there for this dream poster, next Saturday at Eden Park.

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