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Spencer: We can do it

England captain Catherine Spencer has warned New Zealand that their stranglehold on the World Cup has come to an end.

The fiercest rivalry in women's rugby will resume in Sunday's final at Twickenham Stoop, where the Black Ferns will be hoping to win the tournament for a fourth successive time. The last time they clashed was at Twickenham last November when England clinched a famous victory.

"The win in the autumn has provided us with huge confidence and we know we can beat New Zealand. We've both largely got the same squads as then," said the Bristol number eight. "We've also stepped up a level each time we've played in this tournament, so that has also given us confidence. We've just got to keep performing and take our chances."

Spencer insists England will be battle-hardened for the showpiece after toppling Australia 15-0 in the last four.

"It was a tough game against Australia that will put us in good stead for the final," added the back row, who crashed over for the opening try.

"It was great to play at the Stoop. The atmosphere was brilliant and I think that will step up again on Sunday, so it's very exciting that we'll be there."


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