Canada Shock Hosts to Meet England in Women’s Rugby World Cup Final

France, August 14, 2014: Canada will face England in the final of Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014, on August 17 in Paris.

England, runners up in 2010, secured their place after a 40-7 win over Ireland on Wednesday in a packed Stade Jean Bouin.

But the shock of the night came at the final whistle in the second semi, when Canada beat hosts France by two points after an absolutely thrilling encounter.

Speaking after her team’s shock win, Canada Captain Kelly Russell said: “We are very happy we made the finals. I’m very proud of the girls. The England game will be hard fought, physical – just like every match against them.”

The final will also be held in the new Stade Jean Bouin in Paris on Sunday at 18.45 (local time). The same stadium will see Ireland take on France for the 3rd place play off while New Zealand will play USA in the 5th place clash, after the Americans upset Australia in Marcoussis earlier.

“What an amazing atmosphere we’ve witnessed at a Women’s Rugby World Cup, it’s incredible,” said IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset.
“Record crowds, record TV audiences and an amazing match tonight has made for a spectacular tournament that has made the World sit up and take notice.”

“I wish both teams the best of luck in the final – I think England versus Canada will be fantastic.” —- IRB

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