Emily Scarratt inspires England triumph over Canada
England won the Women's World Cup after centre Emily Scarratt inspired a 21-9 victory over Canada at Stade Jean-Bouin in Paris last night. The Lichfield centre scored 16 points from a try, conversion and three penalties, with her 74th-minute solo touchdown securing world glory following Bristol full-back Danielle Waterman's first-half score.
Captain Katy Mclean hailed Scarratt's contribution.
"She's a phenomenal player, world-class, and world-class players do the world-class things. She absolutely delivered for England," Mclean said.
"That group of girls and staff deserve everything we've got."
Wing Magali Harvey kicked three penalties for Canada, but England were not to be denied, being crowned world champions for the first time since 1994 and ending a run of three successive World Cup final defeats, all against New Zealand.
Scarratt missed only one kick at goal, and then displayed a superb piece of skill when it mattered to unlock Canada's defence just as the match hung in the balance during its closing moments.
England fielded 11 survivors from the team that started the 2010 World Cup final against New Zealand in London, and the pain of that 13-10 loss had been a motivating factor for captain Mclean and her players.
Canada gave it everything, yet England possessed the dominant individual in Scarratt, and her try sealed the deal to spark wild scenes of celebration.
England head coach Gary Street made two changes from the side that destroyed semi-final opponents Ireland, with scrum-half Natasha Hunt replacing La Toya Mason and flanker Marlie Packer also handed a start.
Waterman and prop Rochelle Clark both featured in a World Cup final for the third time, but Canada made their debut in the showpiece after they knocked out hosts France five days ago.
And it was appropriate that Scarratt grabbed the clinching score, taking Mclean's pass before a 30-metre dash to the line.