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England women’s World Cup campaign came to an end with a crushing 52-4 defeat by New Zealand in Sunday’s semi-finals in Sydney.

England’s women were thrashed 52-4 by New Zealand in the World Cup semi-finals at the Southern Cross Group Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

England conceded two tries in the first six minutes but hit back through Tara-Jane Stanley, who pounced on a kick from half-back Kirsty Moroney to score midway through the first half, and they trailed only 14-4 at the break.

Tara-Jane Stanley ran over England’s only try in the 21st minute as they trailed 14-4 at half-time, and New Zealand produced a strong second half.

A hat-trick from Honey Hireme and a double from Krystal Murray ensured the margin of victory was emphatic. The Kiwi Ferns will face Australia in the final after they beat Canada 58-6.

A slick backline move led to Maitua Feterika running over the opening points of the game in the second minute. New Zealand took control as Shontelle Woodman and Murray scored further tries.

England briefly rallied when Kirsty Moroney’s cross-field kick bounced favourably for Stanley to register their first points. Chris Chapman’s team battled through to half-time and was still within touching distance.

However, they were no match for New Zealand in the second half as the Kiwi Ferns – winners of the tournament in 2000, 2005 and 2008 – scored seven further tries. Hireme was the star performer, crossing the line three times to seal New Zealand’s place in the final.

Australia’s victory over Canada was equally impressive as they racked up a 42-0 lead in the first half.

Ali Brigginshaw, Steph Hancock and Isabelle Kelly all scored two tries for the hosts and holders. Natasha Smith ran over Canada’s only try.

The final takes place in Brisbane on 2 December as part of a double-header with the men’s World Cup final.