ENGLAND will attempt to win the Women’s Rugby World Cup for the second time – 20 years after their last triumph – when they take on Canada in the final in Paris this evening (5.45pm).
The Red Roses have been world champions once, in 1994, when they beat the United States 38-23.
They have lost to New Zealand in each of the last three finals.
But England are the favourites this time around with New Zealand knocked out in the pool stage after a shock defeat to Ireland.
Canada will be playing in their first final but they held England to a 13-13 draw in Pool A and beat Six Nations Grand Slam winners France 18-16 in the semi-finals. England dispatched Ireland 40-7 in the last four.
Captain and fly half Katy McLean told the BBC: “We know if you give the Canadian runners space they’re going to do damage but that will be something we focus on.
“We’ll make sure we cut them down and not allow them any space and not allow them to play.”
The match will be shown live on Sky Sports 4. There will be commentary on the second half on BBC Radio 5 Live.