Local girl is England hero

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Thatto Heath’s Tara-Jane Stanley claimed England’s only try in the Women’s World Cup semi-final clash against New Zealand but it mattered little as the Kiwis stormed to a 52-4 in Sydney at the weekend.

Stanley’s touch down came in the 21 minute when she latched on to a cross field kick from Bradford’s Kirsty Moroney’s which bounced favourably her way.

England were still in the hunt at that stage before New Zealand - winners of the competition in 2000, 2005 and 2008 - turned the screw to earn a date against Australia as a curtain-raiser to the Pommies/Green and Golds men’s World Cup

Final in Brisbane on Saturday.