Black Ferns lift World Cup

New Zealand’s women showed their men how it should be done, when they beat England 25-17 for their third consecutive World Cup title.

A try by fullback Amiria Marsh in the final minute eased any nerves that may have been setting in for the Black Ferns after England kept alive their hopes of snatching victory with a 77th minute try by replacement Helen Clayton.

However it was not to be their day again – just as it was not four years earlier when they lost 19-9 in the final – as the New Zealand celebrations began to mark not only three in a row, but a 14th straight Women’s World Cup victory that ensured captain Farah Palmer lifted the trophy again before retiring.