England's Women's World Cup champions know their past success counts for nothing

England's Women's World Cup champions know their past success counts for nothing

"Based on independent studies we've carried out on how much rugby fans typically spend when visiting Dublin, we would estimate that the games will be worth a minimum of €5m to the Dublin economy".

Aon, proud sponsors of the Ireland Women's rugby team since 2014 and official partners of Women's Rugby World Cup 2017, are the official sponsors of eir sport's coverage of the tournament.

Head coach Simon Middleton has left players with a combined 392 caps on the bench for England's first match of the Women's Rugby World Cup against Spain.

'I'm probably in the best shape of my life and playing some of my best rugby'.

Scott will be replaced by forward Poppy Cleall, who has won 12 caps and featured in all of England's Six Nations Tests earlier this year.

The Red Roses are heavy favourites for the tournament, as they remain the only full-time outfit in the competition.

Captain Sarah Hunter says it's the last thing on their minds. But now Spain is our focus, nothing else.

With the objective of improving on their fourth place finish in France 2014, Ireland will be aiming to make home advantage count.

Captain Claire Molloy completes the back-row at openside, with regular skipper Niamh Briggs ruled out of the tournament through injury.

"To win a Grand Slam and to go down to New Zealand (and win), we have obviously had to perform". As the three top ranked teams in the world, England, New Zealand and Canada are the titans of women's rugby.

The 2014 World Cup victor Emily Scarratt is set to make her 70th appearance for the Red Roses off the bench in Dublin in the game against Spain, while number eight Sarah Hunter will captain the side.

If one side can spoil the party for the "Big Three" and hosts Ireland, it's the French.

Les Bleues will need stand-out performances from the ominous centre pairing of Caroline Ladagnous and Elodie Poublan, and from powerful ball-carrier Safi N'Diaye, if they hope to progress to the knock outs.



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