New Zealand 34-31 England: Hosts win Rugby World Cup with dramatic win over Red Roses in Auckland | Rugby Union News

Lydia Thompson was sent off in the 18th minute for England after a high tackle on Portia Woodman; Amy Cokayne scores a hat-trick in five attempts for the Red Roses; New Zealand are now six-time world champions, with five of those wins coming against England.

Last updated: 11/12/22 8:50 am

New Zealand celebrate at the final whistle after a dramatic World Cup final in Auckland

New Zealand have won the Rugby World Cup after a dramatic 34-31 victory over England at Eden Park.

Winger Ayesha Leti-l’iga scored a try nine minutes from time to help the Black Ferns claim a sixth world title in front of a sold-out home crowd.

England played for more than two-thirds of the match with 14 women after Lydia Thompson was sent off for a reckless tackle, but still looked headed for a 31st consecutive win with a two-point lead in the final 10 minutes.

Lydia Thompson was devastated after being shown a red card during the first half.

Lydia Thompson was devastated after being shown a red card during the first half.

Center Stacey Fluhler chased down a chip and unloaded at the tackle for Leti-l’iga to put New Zealand in front for a second time, and the Black Ferns held on to shock the tournament favourites.

A hat-trick by hooker Amy Cokayne from the rolling maul and tries by flanker Marlie Packer and full-back Ellie Kildunne kept England ahead for almost 15 of the 80 minutes, but could not prevent the anguish of Simon Middleton’s side. .

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