England host Women's Rugby World Cup

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England are set to stage the Women's Rugby World Cup for the first time with hopes high that the hosts can win the tournament.

This will be the sixth World Cup since the competition was inaugurated in 1991 and New Zealand, having lifted the trophy on the last three occasions, are the favourites.

However, the in-form English, beaten by New Zealand in the last two World Cup finals, are confident that with the bonus of playing at home they can taste success.

Last November, the Kiwis lost for the first time in eight years as England beat them 10-3 at Twickenham. Then, earlier this year, England completed a Six Nations Grand Slam.

Captain Catherine Spencer is feeling confident, saying: "We've really just got to keep that momentum going and carry it on into the tournament.

"But that combined with some really good preparation and some really good training has set us in good stead we hope."

She added: "It's great to have the support of people across the country and, you know, we've been getting messages from up and down the country - rugby clubs and schools are really behind us."

England begin their campaign on Friday against Ireland and will be hoping to remain in the competition all the way to the final on September 5 at the Twickenham Stoop.

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