New Zealand have maintained a stranglehold on the Womenâ€™s World Cup since its inception, having won the competition on three successive occasions, and will be looking to maintain their undefeated World Cup record on Sunday against an Australia side they already beat 14-6 during the competition’s round-robin group stage.
Having failed to make the final following successive defeats to Australia and New Zealand, host nation England will take on France in the competition’s third place play-off at South Leeds Stadium on Saturday July 13 (6.00).
Sophie Cox, 2012 Team GB Judo contestant and 2013 British Judo Champion, will present the trophy to the winning captain. Rochdale-based Cox is a long-time fan of Rugby League, even making it into the Guinness Book of World Records after becoming the first ever female Rugby League player at Wembley Stadium when she played in the traditional â€˜schoolboyâ€™ curtain-raiser before the 1993 Challenge Cup final and she is looking forward to attending the Womenâ€™s final.
â€œItâ€™s an honour to be asked to attend the Womenâ€™s World Cup final and present the trophy,â€ said Cox.
â€œMy father is a massive Rugby League fan and I grew up with the sport through him so it will be a great day for both of us. Rugby League is a very tough and competitive sport and I have a lot of admiration for the players for what they go through and the demands they put on themselves.