Heartbreak for England! The women’s team loses the Rugby World Cup final to New Zealand

The England women’s rugby team suffered a heartbreaking 34-31 loss to New Zealand in the World Cup final.

It was a highly dramatic game in which England’s Red Roses endured a strong and dominating first half but were pushed against the post with a try from their rivals The Black Ferns in the last nine minutes.

The Ferns have never lost a game at Auckland’s Eden Park Stadium, which, with more than 40,000 spectators, set a new record for a women’s rugby match.

Meanwhile, thousands of fans at home got up at dawn to see the Roses at their homes and at local rugby clubs from 6am this morning.

In her post-match interview, a tearful England captain Sarah Hunter said she was “burned out” but “so proud of the team” who to date have not lost a game since 2019.

“We never gave up, we kept coming out, a result doesn’t define who we are, the squad we are,” she added.

She said the team was “suffering” and would “take time” to get over the loss, but vowed they would “stick together”.

Hopes were high for the team less than three minutes into the final when full-back Ellie Kildunne missed a try down the right wing and the team converted it to an early 7-0 lead.

England's Ellie Kildunne and Abby Dow embrace after their Rugby World Cup Final defeat

England's Ellie Kildunne and Abby Dow embrace after their Rugby World Cup Final defeat

England’s Ellie Kildunne and Abby Dow embrace after their Rugby World Cup Final defeat

England look dejected after last minute Rugby World Cup final defeat

England look dejected after last minute Rugby World Cup final defeat

England look dejected after last minute Rugby World Cup final defeat

New Zealand players celebrate after winning the 2022 World Cup

New Zealand players celebrate after winning the 2022 World Cup

New Zealand players celebrate after winning the 2022 World Cup

Thousands of supporters back home got up at the crack of dawn from 6am this morning to see the Roses at their homes and at local rugby clubs

Thousands of supporters back home got up at the crack of dawn from 6am this morning to see the Roses at their homes and at local rugby clubs

Thousands of supporters back home got up at the crack of dawn from 6am this morning to see the Roses at their homes and at local rugby clubs

England's Lucy Packer, leaders, fails to stop New Zealand's Amy Rule from scoring a try in the Women's Rugby World Cup Final at Eden Park, Auckland

England's Lucy Packer, leaders, fails to stop New Zealand's Amy Rule from scoring a try in the Women's Rugby World Cup Final at Eden Park, Auckland

England’s Lucy Packer, leaders, fails to stop New Zealand’s Amy Rule from scoring a try in the Women’s Rugby World Cup Final at Eden Park, Auckland

The England team line up for the anthem during the Women's Rugby World Cup Final match between England and New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland

The England team line up for the anthem during the Women's Rugby World Cup Final match between England and New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland

The England team line up for the anthem during the Women’s Rugby World Cup Final match between England and New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland

England's Emily Scarratt (right) is tackled by New Zealand's Stacey Fluhler during the Women's Rugby World Cup Final at Eden Park, Auckland

England's Emily Scarratt (right) is tackled by New Zealand's Stacey Fluhler during the Women's Rugby World Cup Final at Eden Park, Auckland

England’s Emily Scarratt (right) is tackled by New Zealand’s Stacey Fluhler during the Women’s Rugby World Cup Final at Eden Park, Auckland

Abby Dow of England runs the ball during the Rugby World Cup final match between New Zealand and England at Eden Park

Abby Dow of England runs the ball during the Rugby World Cup final match between New Zealand and England at Eden Park

Abby Dow of England runs the ball during the Rugby World Cup final match between New Zealand and England at Eden Park

Ayesha Leti-l'iga of New Zealand celebrates a try with her team mates during the Rugby World Cup Final

Ayesha Leti-l'iga of New Zealand celebrates a try with her team mates during the Rugby World Cup Final

Ayesha Leti-l’iga of New Zealand celebrates a try with her team mates during the Rugby World Cup Final

Ayesha Leti-I'iga of New Zealand scores a try during the Rugby World Cup final

Ayesha Leti-I'iga of New Zealand scores a try during the Rugby World Cup final

Ayesha Leti-I’iga of New Zealand scores a try during the Rugby World Cup final

Holly Aitchison of England looks dejected after her Rugby World Cup final loss to New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland

Holly Aitchison of England looks dejected after her Rugby World Cup final loss to New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland

Holly Aitchison of England looks dejected after her Rugby World Cup final loss to New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland

Just 10 minutes later, Hooker and RAF Air Lieutenant Amy Cokayne scored her first of three tries before Emily Scarratt converted a second time to make it 14-0.

While New Zealand struck back with three attempts of their own, two of which converted, England ended the first half in a 26-19 defeat.

However, Middleton’s side had to play more than three quarters of the game with 14 players after flyer Lydia Thompson was sent off after a brutal clash with Portia Woodman.

But their rivals came back with a vengeance in the second half, with The Black Ferns’ Stacey Fulher scoring within seconds despite missing her conversion.

England manager Simon Middleton then made the controversial decision to replace captain Sarah Hunter with Poppy Cleall.

New Zealand scored again three minutes later to take a 26-29 lead, only for England’s Cokayne, who completed her hat-trick minutes later to put England back ahead 31-29.

An exciting fight followed with 30 minutes left and several chances for both sides. However, it was the home side who scored in the last nine minutes, taking the final score to 34-31.

The final broke the record for the highest attendance ever at a women’s rugby match, selling more than 40,000 tickets.

More than 140,000 fans will have attended the games, more than at any other tournament, after the total attendance in 2017 was 45,412.

Joanah Ngan-Woo of New Zealand competes during the Rugby World Cup final match between New Zealand and England at Eden Park

Joanah Ngan-Woo of New Zealand competes during the Rugby World Cup final match between New Zealand and England at Eden Park

Joanah Ngan-Woo of New Zealand competes during the Rugby World Cup final match between New Zealand and England at Eden Park

Santo Taumata of New Zealand is tackled during the Rugby World Cup final match between New Zealand and England at Eden Park

Santo Taumata of New Zealand is tackled during the Rugby World Cup final match between New Zealand and England at Eden Park

Santo Taumata of New Zealand is tackled during the Rugby World Cup final match between New Zealand and England at Eden Park

Abby Dow of England runs the ball during the Rugby World Cup final

Abby Dow of England runs the ball during the Rugby World Cup final

Abby Dow of England runs the ball during the Rugby World Cup final

The success of the event in New Zealand will boost England’s hopes of a sell-out 80,000-seat Twickenham when they host the 2025 World Cup.

At home, Brits across the country woke up early to cheer on their compatriots.

Thousands of fans flocked to local rugby clubs from 6am this morning to watch the action.

There have been eight women’s Rugby Union World Cup finals – England have reached seven but won just two.

New Zealand have won five times, five of their last six, and have beaten England four times, four of their last five.

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Brian Ashcraft

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