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Canada v France

  France have so much experience of finishing third at world cups that you have to wonder whether the coaches needed to exercise them at all pre-match. Tough and resourceful as the Canadians were, the French had the edge at all the decisive moments. They used a following breeze to build attacking positions. Emilie Boulard

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The Tussle for the Bronze Medal

Canada v France This is the match that many people suggest is quite unnecessary. Is it just to provide a curtain-raiser for the big event? In the light of recent evidence we may wonder how many Kiwis will bother to turn up for a match not involving their beloved Black Ferns. They haven’t done so

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The Final Choice

England’s 23 to take on the World Champions After years of waiting and guessing, now at last we discover the management’s idea of the ideal England team. Here is the squad for the game that really matters: 15. Ellie Kildunne (Harlequins, 30 caps) 14. Lydia Thompson (University of Worcester Warriors, 57 caps) 13. Emily Scarratt

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Black Ferns team named for Rugby World Cup Final

The Black Ferns team to face England for the Rugby World Cup title, at a sold-out Eden Park this Saturday, has been named. The team is; Phillipa Love (24) Georgia Ponsonby (12) Amy Rule (11) Maiakawanakaukani Roos (13) Chelsea Bremner (11) Alana Bremner (12) Sarah Hirini (16) Charmaine McMenamin (30) Kendra Cocksedge (67) Ruahei Demant

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World Cup Final preview

Who are the Underdogs? We were privileged to watch the two greatest semi-finals in the history of the World Cup. Have there ever been two such hotly contested semis in rugby? It’s doubtful. The Canadians came within one score of equalling the out-and-out favourites. Just look at what was happening immediately before the greatest try

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New tickets to be released for Rugby World Cup 2021 finals

A strictly limited number of additional tickets to the Rugby World Cup 2021 finals will go on sale from 1800 NZT Tuesday 8 November at Previous capacity at Eden Park was sold out just hours following the Black Ferns’ thrilling semi-final victory, prompting a review of operational space within the stadium to ensure every

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“The Perfect Final” – Is it?

Every Kiwi is telling us that an England-New Zealand final is the perfect fit for the last day of the ninth World Cup. I beg to differ. Yes, it’s perfect for the administrators, media moguls and money-minders. Only this way could the organising committee fulfil its stated wish to sell every seat for the occasion.

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Spine-tingling semi-finals lead to ticket frenzy

Rugby World Cup 2021 final at Eden Park on Saturday 12 November set to attract yet another world record crowd following nail-biting semi-final victories for England and New Zealand. Almost 8,000 tickets snapped up immediately after final whistle. While current seating is almost entirely allocated, a review of remaining space is underway as organisers look

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