England meets Fiji in the opening match of the Women’s Rugby World Cup.
England are favorites to win the title in New Zealand and are expected to sweep the Fijians aside after three consecutive Grand Slams and crushing back-to-back victories over world champions New Zealand a year ago.
The Black Ferns, France and Canada are their closest rivals but England dominate the world rankings and their head coach Simon Middleton recently admitted that anything less than a win in the final would be a failure.
England have won all of their last 24 games while Fiji have lost the only two they have played this year to Australia and Canada.
Here’s everything you need to know.
When is the game?
England v Fiji will be played at Eden Park and kick off at 4.45am UK time on Saturday morning.
England vs Fiji is shown live on TV in the UK via ITV 1 and the game can be streamed online via the ITV Hub.
Ellie Kildunne; Lydia Thompson, Emily Scarratt, Helena Rowland, Claudia MacDonald; Zoe Harrison, Leanne Infante; Vicki Cornborough, Amy Cokayne, Sarah Bern, Zoe Aldcroft, Abbie Ward, Alex Matthews, Sadia Kabeya, Sarah Hunter (Captain).
Who are England’s star players?
Reigning World Player of the Year Zoe Aldcroft stood out from England’s pack, displaying a high work output centered on carrying and tackling. Prop Sarah Bern has been devastating in the last Six Nations where her pace and attacking power reached new heights. Marlie Packer thrives on the mishap, covering every blade of grass while sitting next to her in the back row is captain Sarah Hunter, who has 135 caps to her name. And there’s firepower behind the scrum, with Emily Scarratt acting as a key component of the attack, and wing Abby Dow, who has quickly recovered from a broken leg, excels as a goal-scoring wing.
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