Reliving Rugby World Cup 2014: How the Red Roses ended 20 years of heartache | Rugby Union News

As the Red Roses prepare for another Rugby World Cup final, we take a look at how they triumphed in 2014 after a 20-year hiatus. England take on New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup final on Saturday, with kick-off at 6.30am

Last update: 08/11/22 10:11am

England finally lifted their second Rugby World Cup title in 2014 and eight years on, many familiar faces will be looking for glory once again.

England finally lifted their second Rugby World Cup title in 2014 and eight years on, many familiar faces will be looking for glory once again.

It has been eight years since the Red Roses last tasted Rugby World Cup glory, but a similar story to 2014 could be written on Saturday as England look set to lift the trophy again.

The story was easy to follow after England’s exit from the final in 2014: after a heartbreaking 13-10 loss to New Zealand on home soil four years earlier, the Red Roses had a point to prove. That was when they came against him. Canada at the Stade Frances in Paris.

With so much on the line, and so many nerves frayed, it came down to some star performers, as well as the will of everyone on the pitch, to secure a 21-9 win and take home the trophy.

The tension began to fade as England celebrated Escort's crucial try

The tension began to dissipate as England celebrated Escort’s crucial try

Some of the same faces from 2014 remain. Emily Scarratt MBE’s bright young light is now an experienced head on the pitch, while Marley Packer hopes to secure a second World Cup winner’s medal.

England went into the World Cup final after yet another back-to-back loss to the Black Ferns and that heartache was mixed with a renewed desire to end their Rugby World Cup drought. Come Saturday, the Red Rose no longer needs to reminisce about 2014.

But, for now, we take a look at how England brought him home and ended a 20-year wait.

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Scarratt's step up was too much to take over Canada's defensive line.

Scarratt’s step up was too much to take over Canada’s defensive line.

Before Escort was a household name in the England squad, he was an exciting young talent who made it onto the international stage and in 2014, his star quality really shined.

After providing the boot all afternoon, an impressive second-half performance from Canada saw England temporarily lead 14-9, the intensity of the occasion beginning to get to the most experienced heads on the pitch. happened

However, with just seven minutes remaining and two points separating the teams, Escort drove up the middle and bridged the gap, sprinting home past two defenders to seal victory for his side. .

His 16 points from that afternoon not only proved the difference in his side, but put him firmly on the path to becoming the great he is today.

Alphonse’s class

Although Escort is now firmly one of the greats of the women’s game, in 2014, another great was on hand to set the stage: Maggie Alphonsi.

Having tasted so much heartbreak in his 70 international appearances, Alphonse was not letting anything get in his way, becoming an immovable object in the defensive line and dominating the majority of the game.

Not only was she dominant in defence, but also had a hand in attack, providing the offload that sent Danielle Waterman over for the first try of the game.

The manner in which Alphonse led by example and advanced standards of physicality paved the way for others to follow.

After England’s final victory she said she could be “really happy” and walked away from the XV-a-side game after finally securing the final.

Pure relief

As the full-time whistle blew, there were tears, joy, but most of all relief.

England brought their celebrations home to Twickenham

England brought their celebrations home to Twickenham

The Red Roses finally did it and as soon as the squad took to the pitch, the pain of 2010 and the 16 years before, instantly disappeared – England now top the world.

It was clear throughout the match that there was only one goal in mind and that was to get the win, no matter what, and when they finally got it, they were going to celebrate.

“That group of girls and crew deserved everything we got today,” said Capt. Katie Daley McLean.

“We’ve worked so hard for it, and there are so many great legends who have gone before us who didn’t win in an England shirt, and that goes for everyone who’s here today.

“It’s all about the England rugby family. It’s amazing.

“It started years ago with the people who brought us here, our family and friends. We had to work today – Canada was fantastic – and it’s amazing to think we’ve done it.”

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