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Maggie Alphonsi eying World Cup glory

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Maggie Alphonsi has had an incredible career with club and country, and having won and retained many titles with England, the 30-year-old is determined to help England win a second World Cup.

The tournament kicks off on the 1st of August and England's first game is against Samoa on Friday in the host country France, followed by games against Spain and Canada as this is a group England are hoping to cause them no problems.

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But Alphonsi isn't underestimating any team, as she has set herself a goal of winning her first World Cup with her country, and speaking to the Daily Mail, the flanker understands what needs to be done and what is required of herself.

"I've been very fortunate to have got the accolades that I have and all the recognition, which is brilliant," Alphonsi said.

"But the real reason why I wanted to get into the sport and play for England was to be world champion. It would mean the world. That's one accolade I haven't got. That's what I want for the team, as well as an individual thing.

"I want people to recognise us as the best team in the world."

The 30-year-old has made 70 caps for England and with this being her third World Cup she isn't prepared to go through the heart break once again.
But what England want to achieve is possible, however with the World Cup comes some fierce rivals who won't go down easy.

Previous World Cups

Out of the six World Cups England have made it to the final of five, winning one which was against USA in the 1994 World Cup based in Scotland 38-23.

The only final the England's ladies didn't make, they made up for it with a third place play-off win against Canada 31-15.

But in the last three World Cups England have made it to the final only to be halted by reigning champions New Zealand on all three occasions.

In 2002 they suffered a tough 19-9 defeat to the All Blacks before losing again four years later in the host country of Canada 25-17.
Then, when England hosted the tournament in 2010, they thought it would be their year only to lose narrowly to the All Blacks once again 13-10.

But this may once again be there year, considering they have a stronger side full of experience as Gary Street has chosen a reliable squad who have helped him who have all featured in major tournaments.


But England will feel as though they the quality in their squad to go all the way this year, considering they have won the Six Nations title six years in a row from 2006 to 2012, and the European Championship for two consecutive years in 2011 and 2012.

However it won't be just the rivals they are looking to prove wrong, it is the men's game as well.
For next year England will be hosting the World Cup and the English youth levels have been displaying perfect form in recent years, so now it is for the women to step up.

They could go all the way this year, but it will be based around how much they want it and if the team can conjure up the experience to seem them through into the final.

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