England Women defeat world champions New Zealand to take series win

England (10) 21

Tries:
Roberts, McLean, Fleetwood
Pens:
McLean (2)

New Zealand (7) 7

Tries:
Lavea
Cons:
Brazier

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Women's rugby

England Women completed a series win over world champions New Zealand at Esher, despite making 11 changes to their line-up.

Georgina Roberts powered over on the right wing to set England on their way to a second victory in three days.

In the second half, Katy McLean broke through a gap to score England's second try and Vicky Fleetwood added a third when she charged over after a one-two.

"I am proud of the players," said coach Gary Street. "They showed character."

Skipper McLean completed a fine performance by adding two penalties, but it was the performance of England's youngsters that caught the eye.

"The back row were superb," added Street. "With three young players starting, they were outstanding.

"Alexandra Matthews in particular was a revelation playing as an 18-year-old against the world champions."

The final game of the three-match series will be held at Esher on 3 December, 1400 GMT.

England team: Kay Wilson (Richmond), Georgina Roberts (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), Rachael Burford (Richmond), Kimberley Oliver (Bristol), Michaela Staniford (Wasps), Katy McLean (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), Natasha Hunt (Lichfield), Claire Purdy (Wasps), Amy Turner (Richmond), Laura Keates (Worcester), Rebecca Essex (Richmond), Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), Hannah Gallagher (Saracens), Marlie Packer (Bristol), Alexandra Matthews (Richmond). Replacements: Victoria Fleetwood (Lichfield), Sophie Hemming (Bristol), Rowena Burnfield (Richmond), Margaret Alphonsi (Saracens), La Toya Mason (Wasps), Emily Scarratt (Lichfield), Katherine Merchant (Worcester).