Women's Rugby World Cup 2017: England vs New Zealand Final Preview

New Zealand will face the defending champions England in the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup, 26 August, Ireland. 

New Zealand have won four titles in the past, and will look to add another when they take on England on Saturday.
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England vs New Zealand | 26 August 2017 | 20:35 | Ireland

To Win
England 13/20 | Draw 16/1 | New Zealand 27/20
England  (-2.5) New Zealand (+2.5) * Please note - expected handicap

New Zealand
The Black ferns have conquered all opponents on the road to the final, scoring 42 tries in only four matches, recording their highest win against Hong Kong. FiaoĆ³ Faamausili’s team will be in full control going into what could be their fifth title.

Their skills are almost unmatched, as their powerful forwards give the backline the room to play their running rugby brand of rugby.

Their team stats speak for themselves with a colossal 65 points per game average, with a concrete 115 tackles made per game average.

Player to Watch: Portia Woodman 
The prolific Woodman scored four tries in her side's semi-final demolishing of USA. Her offensive skills are second to none with her speed, step, and fend make her a lethal player on attack. Her impressive tally of 65 points in four games, make her one of the clear standouts for the player of the tournament award.

The defending champs powered through to the final scoring 279 points in the process. Their high average of 44 points per match makes them a good competitor for their final opponents.
England have good ball carriers in their forwards with the likes of 20 years olds Sarah Bern and Zoe Aldcroft.

Player to Watch: Emily Scarrat
Scarrat scored 46 points in this year’s tournament, including four tries and 10 conversions. The experienced centre has played 59 caps for her country and will want to claim her second world cup title this year.

Verdict: New Zealand 27/20 
England will make things interesting in this final. Their solid forwards will challenge at the scrums and breakdowns. The bookmakers are leaning toward the English presumably because they're almost playing at home in Ireland. They've also got the pedigree as defending champs. 

But the 27/20 for New Zealand to win is an incredible deal, get on with confidence. The only way I’d see England win is if NZ suffer a red card like the one we saw in this year’s Super Rugby final. The Ferns are a very powerful team and their electric backline will win them the match. 

Writtern by Lungelo Mdladla for Hollywoodbets

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