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England’s Kay Wilson touches down against Ireland

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Kat Merchant showed some quick feet to score England’s first two tries in the win over Samoa

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Tamara Taylor is determined to reach a fourth successive World Cup final and turn the tables on New Zealand at last

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England forward tells Jack Pitt-Brooke she will use the painful memory of three defeats by New Zealand as a spur for success when the tournament kicks off

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