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Hunter 'immensely proud' despite World Cup final defeat

Bristol Ladies star and Red Roses captain Sarah Hunter said her team can be "immensely proud" of what they have achieved despite the disappointment of falling 32-41 to New Zealand in the Women's Rugby World Cup final in Belfast. 

England led 17-10 at the break but struggled to get possession in the second-half as the Black Ferns ran in seven tries on the night.

Hunter was playing in her third World Cup final but England were unable to bring back the trophy they secured when they beat Canada in the final at France 2014.

“It just wasn’t to be our night was it. We fought for everything and you can’t fault the girls' effort out there tonight and throughout this competition,” said Hunter.

“At the end, we just said that we win together and lose together and we can be immensely proud of what we have achieved this season."

Sarah Hunter

“It’s a squad I’m immensely proud to be a part of and captain. All credit to New Zealand and congratulations to them they deserve to be world champions.

“I think the disappointing thing is that it wasn’t the best version of us out there and they controlled the game very well, especially in the second-half where they got momentum and controlled possession and territory.

“At the end, we just said that we win together and lose together and we can be immensely proud of what we have achieved this season.

“We set our target at the beginning of the season, which was to win the World Cup and lift it and we’ve just fallen short at the final hurdle and that is the biggest disappoint – that we didn’t finish the job."

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