Toka Natua scored a hat-trick of tries while full-back Selica Winiata contributed with a brace as New Zealand completed a 32-41 win over England in Belfast to lift the Women's World Cup title for the fifth time.
England will face New Zealand in the final of the Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 tournament in Belfast on Saturday. Apart from Black Ferns, no other team has managed to retain their title in the history of the tournament. Can England achieve the rare feat?
Defending champions England and New Zealand will face each other in the final of the 2017 Women's World Cup after they emerged victorious in the semi-final clashes against France and USA respectively in Belfast on Tuesday.
England, the current world number ones and defending World Cup champions, will face off against France in the Women’s World Cup semi-finals. The tournament favorites confirmed their place in the semis after a seven-try victory over the USA and will now head to Belfast to take on France in order to move one step closer to retaining their status as world champions.
As the group stage of the Women's World Cup 2017 came to a conclusion, it is New Zealand, defending champions England, France and USA, who managed to make it to the semi-finals after an intriguing round three in Dublin.
Rugby Football Union chief executive Ian Ritchie defended the board's decision to not renew the women's 15-a-side players contract despite criticisms from all over the country including the shadow minister.