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Women’s Rugby League World Cup Final 2017

The Women’s Rugby League World Cup will conclude with a traditional grudge match between the Australian Jillaroos and New Zealand. This is The Roar’s guide to the World Cup grand final and how to watch it live.

Women’s Rugby League World Cup Final 2017 Live

When: Saturday, December 2
Where: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kickoff: 4:45pm (AEDT), 3:45pm local

Women's Rugby League World Cup Final 2017

The Women’s Rugby League World Cup will conclude with a traditional grudge match between the Australian Jillaroos and New Zealand. This is The Roar’s guide to the World Cup grand final and how to watch it live.

The game will be played at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, with kickoff at 4:45pm (AEDT) on Saturday, December 2 – or 3:45pm AEST as the local time.

These two teams have been by far the best of the competition and their respective performances in the semi-finals showed this. New Zealand beat England 52-4, and the Jillaroos thrashed Canada 58-6.

It’s a fitting conclusion to the competition, with the two most dominant teams facing off, and the winner to be awarded the World Cup.

The Jillaroos have looked unstoppable in the pool stage and finals, they have scored an incredible 242 points and conceded just ten.

The New Zealanders have played out their campaign in similar fashion, scoring 216 points and letting through just two tries for a total of eight points.

FOR the past 12 months the Australian Jillaroos and New Zealand Kiwi Ferns have been working towards this moment.World Cup glory is what has driven these women all year and today a winner will finally be decided.The Australian and New Zealand showdown is what everyone expected for the women’s final, with the two sides conceding just 18 points collectively across the entire tournament.It is one of the fiercest rivalries in the women’s game, after the Jillaroos claimed the 2013 World Cup following years of Kiwi domination.

The Aussies are looking to retain the trophy while the Ferns are on the hunt for revenge.If there was one game of the women’s World Cup you couldn’t miss, this is it. Enjoy.Kick-off in the women’s rugby league World Cup final is 4.45pm AEDT (3.45pm Qld time) on Saturday.Beating the Australian Jillaroos will be a tough assignment but the Kiwi Ferns are used to overcoming adversity ahead of tomorrow’s Women’s Rugby League World Cup final in Brisbane.Each of the Kiwi Ferns 24-woman squad has had to make huge personal sacrifices in balancing their playing careers with work and family commitments during their build-up to the tournament over the last year.

The side has been well supported and provided for by tournament organisers and the New Zealand Rugby League, but like the struggling second-tier nations in the men’s World Cup, the players have had to get by on the minimum $30 daily allowance, with bonus payments for reaching and winning tomorrow’s clash at Suncorp Stadium their only significant financial reward.

“It’s the first team in a long time I’ve coached where they’re not being paid,” said coach Tony Benson.They were training three times a week and some of them are travelling pretty big distances to do that, sometimes with kids, or finding baby sitters and dropping them off and then racing off to training and picking them up afterwards.”Travelling from Tokoroa or Hamilton or even from the North Shore, you’re not really getting home until 9.30 or 10pm at the earliest three times a week.”They’re superb – they don’t ask for anything and appreciate everything they’ve got.”

It’s a different story to the comparatively cashed-up Jillaroos, who are contracted to and paid by their club sides, respective states and the Australian Rugby League, with the reigning champions also enjoying the luxury of high performance training programs and team camps.The Kiwi Ferns’ financial struggles are nothing new for retiring captain Laura Mariu, who will make her last test appearance tomorrow after playing in all five women’s tournaments since 2000.”It’s been tough over the years but I’m used to it,” said Mariu.

We have had to fundraise to go over to World Cups in the past and that’s become a part of the whole women’s rugby league lifestyle.”It’s been a year of tough training on top of working nine-to-five jobs. We’ve got our families to worry about and our kids to go to school.”There’s so many sacrifices we’ve had to make and the commitment to this campaign does take its toll, but at the end of the day we’re doing something that we love.

“It will be all over after Saturday so it will all be worth it.”Hard-hitting back-rower and player of the tournament Teuila Fotu-Moala has had to overcome her own hurdles and break through cultural and gender-based stereotypes and religious barriers to win her family’s support and approval.The 24-year-old explained her family initially frowned upon her playing league, before it became clear she was destined to reach the pinnacle of her sport.”I wasn’t allowed to play on Sundays and because I was a girl my family would stop me from playing, but I kept sneaking out of the house and just going anyway,” said Fotu-Moala.”It wasn’t feminine to be out of the house training at night and stuff.”They’d (say) ‘you’re supposed to be at church’. They wanted me to be real traditional but I just rebelled against everything and kept playing.”Later on, as I made the Kiwis I started being supported and (they) started pushing me to do the best I could.

“They saw me play and saw I was doing well and they just let it go because they got tired of saying no.”With the end of the campaign now in view, Benson says it’s been difficult breaking the news of team selections to players who have missed out on a spot in the game day 17.

“Getting to the business end and some of them are not making it and it’s devastating for them because they’ve worked so hard for nearly a year.”In the past it’s not really worried me too much but it’s quite emotional for everybody at this stage.”The commitments we’ve made, now it means so much to gets something back from it on Saturday night.”Kiwi Ferns skipper Laura Mariu plans to leave everything she’s got on the field in her last Women’s Rugby League World Cup final.

The match, on Saturday afternoon in Brisbane, promises to be a blockbuster against Australia’s Jillaroos.The Australians are hot favourites, but Mariu, playing her fifth final, is hopeful she can bring her 17-year career to a close by lifting the cup one more time.”To say it will be a special moment is an understatement,” she says.”Our team is ready to get out there and put it all on the field.We have so many people to thank for the masses of support we have received this year and in the lead up to this World Cup – we just hope to make them all proud.”Coach Tony Benson says selecting the team for the final was no easy task.

“Based on the performance of all 24 players in the squad during this World Cup, selecting this team has been the toughest decision so far,” he said.”I’m excited about the team we’ve put forward and I’m confident it fits the game we need to play against Australia.”A win for New Zealand would see them secure their fourth World Cup title since their win at the inaugural Women’s Rugby League World Cup in 2000.The women’s final will take place prior to the men’s match.

Wales vs South Africa

Wales vs South Africa Live Stream Online,The final Test of the autumn series which, controversially, falls outside World Ruby’s international window.

Wales vs South Africa Live

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Wales vs South Africa

The other change in the backline is at scrum-half, where Aled Davies replaces Rhys Webb.

There are three changes in the pack, with Scott Andrews and Kristian Dacey coming into the front row and Cory Hill replacing Jake Ball at lock.

South Africa also make five changes and give full debuts to wing Warrick Gelant and back row Dan du Preez.

Du Preez replaces unavailable Toulon back row Duane Vermeulen, while Steven Kitshoff comes in for injured prop Tendai Mtawarira.

Wales

New Zealand-born Hadleigh Parkes will make his Wales debut. The Scarlets centre only completes a three-year Wales residency qualification this week, but head coach Warren Gatland has handed him an immediate opportunity alongside Scott Williams in midfield.

Parkes is one of five changes from the team beaten by world champions New Zealand last weekend for Wales’ Under Armour Series finale.

Elsewhere, Scarlets scrum-half Aled Davies earns a surprise opportunity, with Rhys Webb, who suffered a head knock against world champions New Zealand last weekend and has been following return-to-play protocols, on the bench and Davies’ fellow Scarlets No 9 Gareth Davies not in the match-day 23.

A back injury sidelines hooker Ken Owens, so Cardiff Blues’ Kristian Dacey starts, while Dragons lock Cory Hill replaces dislocated shoulder victim Jake Ball and Bath’s on-loan Blues prop Scott Andrews also features.

Wales XV: L Halfpenny (Scarlets); H Amos (Dragons), S Williams (Scarlets), H Parkes (Scarlets), S Evans (Scarlets); D Biggar (Ospreys), A Davies (Scarlets); R Evans (Scarlets), K Dacey (Cardiff Blues), S Andrews (Cardiff Blues), C Hill (Dragons), A W Jones (Ospreys, capt), A Shingler (Scarlets), J Navidi (Cardiff Blues), T Faletau (Bath).

South Africa

Powerful prop Tendai Mtawarira has been ruled out of South Africa’s clash against Wales.

Mtawarira – nicknamed the ‘Beast’ – is sidelined due to a groin injury and will be replaced in the front row by Steven Kitshoff.

Springboks head coach Allister Coetzee has made four other changes from the side that beat Italy last weekend.

Wing Warrick Gelant makes his first Test start, taking over from Courtnall Skosan, with hooker Malcolm Marx returning from a shoulder injury, flanker Siya Kolisi being back in action and No 8 Dan du Preez also handed a full international debut.

Du Preez replaces Duane Vermeulen who, along with flanker Francois Louw and lock Franco Mostert, is back at his club because the match falls outside World Rugby’s autumn Test window.

South Africa XV: A Coetzee, D Leyds, J Kriel, F Venter, W Gelant, H Pollard, R Cronje; S Kitshoff, M Marx, W Louw, E Etzebeth (capt), L de Jager, S Kolisi, P du Toit, D du Preez.