England want to inspire next generation in Women's Rugby World Cup final against New Zealand
By Simon Essex
Last Updated: 24/08/17 10:34pm
England’s players say they can inspire the next generation of women’s rugby stars by winning the World Cup.
Defending champions England play New Zealand in Saturday's final in Belfast. Amber Reed says it's an opportunity to shine against the four-time world champions.
"We are the Red Roses, and we really want to make a bold statement on and off the pitch about what that is about. Part of that is inspiring the next generation," the Bristol star said.
England beat New Zealand away for the first time in 16 years in June, but Lichfield's Amy Cokayne says a lot has changed since then: "We'll take some confidence from the win, knowing that we can beat them. But it's two different sides now, a different tournament.
"Anything can happen, so it's just going to be who performs on the day."
England will be without key player Danielle Waterman at the Kingspan Stadium. The full-back has concussion after Tuesday's semi-final and has been replaced by Emily Scott.