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England are Women's Rugby World Cup 2014 champions.
The 2010 runners-up beat Canada 21-9 in front of a packed house in Stade Jean Bouin in Paris on Sunday evening.
The Canadians, who shocked hosts France in the semis, competed for long periods in the match but Gary Street's charges kept their composure to win by a 12 point margin.
Earlier in the day France beat Ireland in a tense playoff to finish third in the competition.
There was some consolation for Canada however, as winger Magali Harvey was crowned IRB Women's Player of the Year.
Speaking after her team’s victory, England captain Katy McLean said: "This group of girls and this group of staff deserve everything that we have got because we have worked so hard for this."
"So many great legends that have gone before us haven’t won (a World Cup) in an England shirt and that was them, and for all of the England Rugby family."
“What an amazing way to finish an amazing Women’s Rugby World Cup,” said IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset at the final whistle.
“The TV and media coverage, the atmosphere at the matches and the way that this tournament has captured the public's imagination has been remarkable.”
“I send my congratulations to England who played so well, but also to Canada who won so many fans here during this World Cup.”
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Black Ferns team named for fifth place Final against USA
|Black Ferns Coach Brian Evans has named the team to face USA in their 5th place Final of the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup tournament in France early tomorrow morning (NZT).
The team is:
1 Ruth Mckay
2 Fiao’o Fa'amausili, captain
3 Stephanie Te Ohaere-Fox
4 Eloise Blackwell
5 Rawinia Everitt
6 Aroha Savage
7 Justine Lavea
8 Linda Itunu
9 Kendra Cocksedge
10 Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali
11 Shakira Baker
12 Amiria Rule
13 Claire Richardson
14 Honey Hireme
15 Selica Winiata
16 Kathleen Wilton
17 Aleisha Nelson
18 Jackie Patea
19 Casey Robertson
20 Emma Jensen
21 Kelly Brazier
22 Renee Wickliffe
Evans has retained the majority of the side that emphatically beat Wales 63-7 in their minor playoff for the fifth place Final earlier this week.
Describing the match against Wales as a “great statement”, Brian Evans said he was pleased they had maintained their pride.
“We definitely want to play well again. I think the team is completely committed to that," Evans said.
"We, still in the back of our minds, understand the disappointment that has occurred but I thought they made a great statement against Wales as a group of people. They weren’t going to achieve the goal they had set out to achieve but their heads were up and they played with some tremendous pride. They were probably could have won that game regardless but they went out and they wanted to win it in style, and against USA we are talking about the same thing. It’s not talking about a set number of points … it’s just about a really good performance," he said.
Evans said he believed USA would try to move the ball around more, given they had kept them try-less in their pool match.
“We are looking forward to the game and we have adapted our style a little to try and counter that,” he said.
To hear more from Brian Evans, click here.
Still feeling the disappointment of their failure to make the major semifinals, Evans said it was also important to remember the backdrop of the Black Ferns track record.
“It’ll always be a disappointment, there’s no hiding that fact from the group, but … perspective sometimes gets a bit lost,” he said.
"Winning four World Cups is an incredible achievement and as I have been saying to the players that legacy hasn’t gone, you don’t lose that all of a sudden over one game and there’s every reason to believe that that can come back again. At the moment it’s still very much there, the heartbeat of the team is alive in terms of our culture and our team.”
New Zealand plays USA in the Women’s Rugby World Cup 5th place Final early tomorrow morning, 12.15am Monday 18 August (NZT).
SKY TV will broadcast that match LIVE with overnight coverage from 12.05am Monday 18 August. The match will be replayed on 20 August at 10am on the Rugby Channel.
The Bronze Final between France and Canada will be broadcast live at 2.20am on SKY Sport 1 tomorrow morning, followed by the World Cup Final between England and Canada at 4.30am early tomorrow.
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Saturday, 16 August
The IRB today announced that Australia will have a presence in the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup Final with Sydney’s Amy Perrett appointed to referee the clash between England and Canada on Monday morning (AEST) in Paris.
The 25-year-old, who refereed her first top grade men’s XV’s game last month in Sydney’s Shute Shield club Rugby competition, also took charge of the Semi-Final between England and Ireland and has impressed throughout the tournament.
Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver said: “This is a terrific honour for Amy and testament to the hard work she has put in over the years. She is an extraordinary young Australian who I hope inspires a generation of females to take up match officiating.”
Canberra’ Sarah Corrigan refereed the 2010 Women’s Rugby World Cup Final.