Canada loses to England in women's rugby World Cup

Canada's wing Magali Harvey tackles England's flanker Marlie Packer during the IRB Women's Rugby...

Canada's wing Magali Harvey tackles England's flanker Marlie Packer during the IRB Women's Rugby World Cup final match between England and Canada at the Jean Bouin Stadium in Paris on August 17, 2014. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD

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, Last Updated: 3:11 PM ET

A scorching try from centre Emily Scarratt helped England lift their first women's rugby World Cup title since 1994 after a 21-9 final victory over Canada on Sunday.

England, beaten in the last three finals, had drawn 13-13 with the Canadians in the group stage - a result that helped push out holders and favourites New Zealand - but were more clinical this time around.

In front of a near-capacity crowd at the Stade Jean Bouin in west Paris, England led 11-3 at the break through two Scarratt penalties and a try from full-back Danielle Waterman.

Magali Harvey kicked two more penalties to keep Canada, making their first appearance in a World Cup final, in contention but Scarratt broke a tackle in front of the posts in the final minutes and cut behind Canada's defence to seal victory.


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