17 Nov 2022
What are the teams for the women's Rugby League World Cup final?
See how they line up for Sunday's clash at Old Trafford between the Jillaroos and the Kiwi Ferns
By Paul Martin
For the fourth women’s Rugby League World Cup in a row, Australia and New Zealand will battle it out in the final for the right to lift the trophy.
The Kiwi Ferns were successful in 2008 but the Jillaroos took the honours in 2013 and 2017, leaving Australia going for a third consecutive World Cup crown when they kick off Saturday’s double header at Old Trafford.
Brad Donald has tweaked his squad which triumphed in the semi-final against Papua New Guinea, with the likes of Sam Bremner, Jess Sergis, Ali Brigginshaw and Kezie Apps all coming back into the starting side.
For New Zealand, Autumn-Rain Stephens Daly makes her return as starting winger outside of centre Mele Hufanga who received Player of the Match at Monday night’s 20-6 semi-final win over England.
RLWC Golden Boot winner Raecene McGregor will start in the halves alongside Abigail Roache while the rest of Ricky Henry’s side remains unchanged.
Australia: 2 Sam Bremner, 24 Evania Pelite, 5 Isabelle Kelly, 11 Jess Sergis, 10 Julia Robinson, 12 Tarryn Aiken, 3 Ali Brigginshaw, 20 Caitlan Johnston, 8 Keeley Davis, 23 Shannon Mato, 1 Kezie Apps, 18 Yasmin Clydsdale, 4 Simaima Taufa, 14 Lauren Brown, 16 Kennedy Cherrington, 13 Shaylee Bent, 6 Emma Tonegato, 9 Holli Wheeler, 15 Jaime Chapman
New Zealand: 1 Apii Nicholls, 3 Autumn-Rain Stephens Daly, 24 Mele Hufanga, 4 Page McGregor, 5 Madison Bartlett, 15 Abigail Roache, 7 Raecene McGregor, 23 Brianna Clark, 9 Krystal Rota, 10 Annetta-Claudia Nu’uausala, 11 Roxette Murdoch-Masila, 12 Amber-Paris Hall, 13 Georgia Hale, 14 Nita Maynard, 8 Mya Hill-Moana, 18 Otesa Pule, 17 Christyl Stowers, 16 Charlotte Scanlan, 2 Katelyn Vahaakolo
Australia v New Zealand in the women's Rugby League World Cup 2021 final - it's going to be unmissable!
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Australia have won their last five consecutive women’s Tests against New Zealand, including a 10-8 win in Round 3 of the 2021 women’s Rugby League World Cup. They had won only four of their 20 meetings prior to that five-game winning run.
New Zealand (three times) and Australia (twice) are the only teams to have ever won the women’s Rugby League World Cup, with the Kiwi Ferns the only team to have reached the final of every single edition of the tournament.
Australia have won their last 10 consecutive games at the women’s Rugby League World Cup. Their last defeat came in the 2013 group stage against New Zealand (14-6). Only once in the history of the tournament has any team enjoyed a longer winning run, New Zealand’s 18-game stretch between 2000 and 2013.
New Zealand record
New Zealand have won five of their last six women’s Tests after having won only one of their previous four. Every one of their eight Test defeats since their inaugural game in 1995 have come at the hands of Australia.
Players to watch
- Kezie Apps (Australia) has run for 52% (74/141) of her total metres post contact in the 2021 women’s Rugby League World Cup, the highest rate of any player to have played at least 60 minutes of game time at the tournament.
- New Zealand’s Raecene McGregor (three tries, seven try assists, five try involvements) has been involved in 15 tries throughout the 2021 women’s Rugby League World Cup, the second-most of any players behind only England’s Courtney Winfield-Hill (17).
The Rugby League World Cup promises to be the biggest, best and most inclusive event in the sport’s 127-year history with men’s, women’s and wheelchair teams competing in 61 games across 21 venues throughout England. Tickets are available via rlwc2021.com/tickets