England’s women reach sixth-straight Rugby World Cup final!
The Red Roses will play in their sixth-straight Rugby World Cup final on Saturday after a thrilling 26-19 win over Canada. The win has meant they extended their record 30-game winning streak, a truly remarkable sporting achievement. The semi-final will go down as an all-time classic, with everything from brilliant counter-attacking tries to brutal battles between the two packs. England captain Sarah Hunter described it as “a game that hopefully showcases what women’s rugby is about and where it’s got to”.
The Red Roses now face their toughest test as they come up against hosts and defending world champions New Zealand in a repeat of the 2017 final. The Black Ferns, who edged past France in a nail-biting 25-24 victory, have won a record five world titles. England have never beaten New Zealand in a World Cup final and have lost in each of their previous four attempts. If England are to win a historic third title on Saturday, they must do so without star full-back Helena Rowland, who will miss the match because of a foot injury. However, England are currently on the best winning streak ever seen in the sport and know they have the nation cheering them on. It is all set up to be another classic match on Saturday, with the two greatest teams in women’s rugby battling it out to decide who is the best in the world, to lift that iconic Rugby World Cup trophy.
The question we’re all hoping for is can England’s women bring it home in Rugby and Football all in the same year?
The Women’s Rugby World Cup 2022 has been a resounding success. Taking place in New Zealand for the first time, more than 140,000 fans will have watched the matches live. That is more than any other tournament, smashing the previous attendance in 2017 which was 45,412. The final on Saturday sold out in minutes with more than 40,000 attending, surpassing the previous high of 34,235 at Eden Park on the tournament’s opening day. The next Rugby World Cup will be taking place in England in 2025. After their success this year, the Red Roses will be hoping to go into the tournament as the defending champions in front of a sell-out Twickenham crowd, in what is sure to be another historic tournament for women’s rugby and England as a host nation.
With England’s women performing at such a high level at this World Cup, attention will soon turn to the men and Rugby World Cup France 2023. Click here to see more about how you can purchase hospitality packages through STH UK.