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England women put a marker down when the defeated top ranked New Zealand 29-21 in New Zealand, dethroning the number one ranked team. The Red Roses established themselves as the fifteen to beat in the Women’s Rugby World Cup this August in Ireland. With the victory England moved up a slot into the top ranked spot after their convincing Test match win in Rotorua Stadium.
England are the reigning World Cup champions from their 2014 cup win in Paris against Canada. They displayed a disciplined defense, and an opportunistic offense that dominated the Black Ferns throughout the match. Both teams used scoring outcomes from Women’s sevens players, Emily Scarratt for England, and Portia Woodman for the Kiwis. England scored five tries to New Zealand’s three.
The English team started players with a total of 850 previous caps, and this team enjoys sufficient depth to defend the WRWC crown.
As of today, the World Cup is but one month and nineteen days to the kickoff in Dublin. The 1,500 University College Dublin (UCD) stadium has been expanded to welcome additional fans.
For the record, Canada beat Australia 45-5 in the recent New Zealand showcase event.