Factbox-Rugby-Women's World Cup final


(Reuters) - Key facts about Saturday's women's Rugby World Cup final between England and New Zealand:

* England are on a 30-match winning streak, a record for women's rugby, dating back to a 2019 loss to New Zealand in San Diego.

* England have never beaten New Zealand in a World Cup match, losing four finals (2002, 2006, 2010, 2017) and a semi-final.

* New Zealand are on an 11-match winning streak going back to their tour of Europe last year, when they lost two tests to England and two to France.

* New Zealand have been defeated in only two of 37 World Cup games over seven tournaments and have never lost a final.

WHEN

Saturday, Nov 12.

Kickoff 7.30 p.m. local time (0630 GMT)

WHERE

Eden Park, Auckland (capacity 50,000)

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Hollie Davidson (Scotland)

Assistants: Aimee Barrett-Theron (South Africa), Aurelie Groizeleau (France)

TMO: Ben Whitehouse (Wales)

ENGLAND

Nickname: Red Roses

World ranking: 1

World Cup wins: 2 (1994, 2014)

Coach: Simon Middleton

Captain: Sarah Hunter

Team: 15-Ellie Kildunne, 14-Lydia Thompson, 13-Emily Scarratt, 12-Holly Aitchison, 11-Abby Dow, 10-Zoe Harrison, 9-Leanne Infante, 8-Sarah Hunter, 7-Marlie Packer, 6-Alex Matthews, 5-Abbie Ward, 4-Zoe Aldcroft, 3-Sarah Bern, 2-Amy Cokayne, 1-Vickii Cornborough

Replacements: 16-Lark Davies, 17-Maud Muir, 18-Shaunagh Brown, 19-Cath O'Donnell, 20-Poppy Cleall, 21-Sadia Kabeya, 22-Claudia MacDonald, 23-Tatyana Heard

NEW ZEALAND

Nickname: Black Ferns

World Cup wins: 5 (1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2017)

World ranking: 2

Coach: Wayne Smith

Captains: Ruahei Demant, Kennedy Simon

Team: 15-Renee Holmes, 14-Ruby Tui, 13-Stacey Fluhler, 12-Theresa Fitzpatrick, 11-Portia Woodman, 10-Ruahei Demant, 9-Kendra Cocksedge, 8-Charmaine McMenamin, 7-Sarah Hirini, 6-Alana Bremner, 5-Chelsea Bremner, 4-Maiakawanakaulani Roos, 3-Amy Rule, 2-Georgia Ponsonby, 1-Phillipa Love.

Replacements: 16-Luka Connor, 17-Krystal Murray, 18-Santo Taumata, 19-Joanah Ngan-Woo, 20-Kennedy Simon, 21-Ariana Bayler, 22-Hazel Tubic, 23-Ayesha Leti-l'iga

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

New Zealand wins: 18

England wins: 10

Draws: 1

LAST FIVE MEETINGS

2021 - England 56-15 New Zealand (Northampton)

2021 - England 43-12 New Zealand (Exeter)

2019 - New Zealand 28-13 England (San Diego)

2017 - New Zealand 41-32 England (Belfast)

2017 - England 29-21 New Zealand (Rotorua)

(Compiled by Nick Mulvenney; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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