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England women beaten

England's women were beaten 13-10 in the World Cup final on Sunday afternoon as New Zealand maintained their stranglehold on the competition with a fourth consecutive triumph at Twickenham Stoop.

The hosts could not capitalise on first-half yellow cards for Anna Richards and Mel Bosman and were made to pay when pacy winger Carla Hohepa danced through to help the Black Ferns to a 7-0 half-time lead.

The teams traded penalties early in the second period before Charlotte Barras touched down and Katy McLean converted to get England back on level terms at 10-10, but Kelly Brazier's penalty 15 minutes from time edged New Zealand ahead again and this time England had no answer.

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