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England 15 Australia 0

England will play New Zealand in the final of the Womenís Rugby World Cup on Sunday September 5th, kick off 515pm, after a thrilling 15-0 semi final victory over Australia at the Twickenham Stoop on Wednesday night.

It will be a third consecutive world cup meeting for the giants of the womenís game, but this time England will be hoping they can steal the world cup crown from the Black Ferns on home soil and win the world cup for the first time in 16 years.

England booked their place in the final thanks to tries from skipper Catherine Spencer and full back Danielle Waterman in the first half while Katy McLean and Alice Richardson added five points from the boot.

England Head Coach Gary Street, whose side have defeated Ireland, Kazakhstan, USA and Australia on route to the final, said: ďIím delighted we are in the final. This is just reward for all the management and players who have worked so hard.

ďAustralia were another tough opponent. Every team that plays against England seem to raise their game and they were no different. They were committed and decisive. We obviously need to keep improving, but our defensive effort was huge and it showed how hard our girls will work to win this world cup.

ďNew Zealand are obviously a world class side, but theyíll find us their toughest opponents yet. The last time we played them we also won so we wonít fear them. Iím sure itíll be an epic encounter and I know that the public will once again see a game of great quality from the best two womenís teams in the world. Itís often said that the last world cup was the greatest game of womenís rugby ever; now itís our job to top that.Ē

There was no hanging around by England at the start of this game with the host side making their presence felt straight away. Englandís most capped player Amy Garnett made some tremendous breaks early on while Richardson, at centre, came close to scoring after she cut a great line.

England carried that momentum forward with a good scrum deep into Australiaís territory, and in true Spencer style, the explosive No. 8 picked and went from the back of the scrum to score after just seven minutes. Fly half Katy McLean added the conversion.

Australia couldnít retaliate and were constantly on the defence, and they saved a near score by Fiona Pocock, who was just metres from touching down on the left wing, with a ferocious tackle by Nicole Beck.

Their defence couldnít keep holding up though and after more barrages of attack they ran out of defenders when Amy Turner, having a superb game at scrum half on her 50th cap, popped the ball up to Waterman on the right wing after Emily Scarratt was tackled just short of the try line. McLean this time couldnít make the conversion and the hosts went into the break 12-0 up.

The spirit and the defence of the Australians didnít dampen in the second half though and a lack of precision by England while some great defending by Australia prevented any further score. Australia in fact seemed even more inspired and made England work hard both in attack and defence. England, however, weathered the storm, even when they were a man down when Heather Fisher was sin-binned, but with Richardson adding a 78th minute penalty England secured their cup final ticket.

For WRWC Final tickets, kick off 515pm at the Twickenham Stoop, visit the Ticketmaster website or call 0844 844 2010. Rugby fans who buy tickets for the WRWC 2010 will also be put on a priority ticketing information list for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England. For a full schedule of fixtures and to follow England in the WRWC visit www.rfu.com/wrwc

England

15 Danielle Waterman (Worcester), 14 Charlotte Barras (Saracens), 13 Emily Scarratt (Lichfield), 12 Alice Richardson (Richmond), 11 Fiona Pocock (Richmond), 10 Katy McLean (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks) VC, 9 Amy Turner (Richmond), 1 Rochelle Clark (Team Northumbria), 2 Amy Garnett (Saracens), 3 Rosemarie Crowley (Lichfield), 4 Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), 5 Jo McGilchrist (Wasps), 6 Heather Fisher (Worcester), 7 Margaret Alphonsi (Saracens), 8 Catherine Spencer (Bristol) Captain. Replacements: 16 Emma Croker (Richmond), 17 Sophie Hemming (Bristol), 18 Becky Essex (Richmond), 19 Sarah Beale (Lichfield), 20 La Toya Mason (Richmond), 21 Rachael Burford (Richmond), 22 Michaela Staniford (Wasps).

Tries: Spencer, Waterman

Conversions: McLean

Penalties: Richardson

Substitutions: Staniford for Pocock (22), Hemming for Clark (47), Essex for Taylor (51), Croker for Garnett (55), Beale for Spencer, Burford for McLean (59), Mason for Turner (66),

Australia

15 Tricia Brown, 14 Kristy Giteau , 13 Sharni Williams, 12 Cheyenne Campbell, 11 Nicole Beck, 10 Tobie McGann, 9 Cheryl Soon (C), 1 Danielle Meskell, 2 Silei Poluleuligaga, 3 Lindsay Morgan, 4 Chris Ross, 5 Kate Porter, 6 Rebecca Trethowan, 7 Alex Hargreaves, 8 Debby Hodgkinson. Replacement: 16 Se'ei Sa'u, 17 Margaret Watson, 18 Rebecca Clough, 19 Shannon Parry, 20 Iliseva Batibasaga, 21 Cobie-Jane Morgan, 22 Ruan Sims

Referee: Nicky Inwood

Assistant Referees:Andrew McMenemy & Kirstin Ljungdahl

Half time score:England 12 Australia 0

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