Mclean hails 'world-class' Scarratt

Date published: August 18 2014

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England skipper Katy Mclean sang the praises of centre Emily Scarratt after they won the Women's World Cup in Paris on Sunday.

England skipper Katy Mclean sang the praises of centre Emily Scarratt after they won the Women's World Cup in Paris on Sunday.

Scarratt delivered a matchwinning performance – contributing 16 points via a try, a conversion and three penalties – in England's 21-9 triumph over Canada at Stade Jean-Bouin.

The victory ends England's run of three successive World Cup final losses, all against New Zealand, and secures them the world title for the first time since 1994.

An ecstatic Mclean singled out Scarratt for special praise after the final whistle.

“She's a phenomenal player, world-class, and world-class players do the world-class things,” she told Sky Sports.

“She absolutely delivered for England.

“That group of girls and staff deserve everything we've got today.

“We've worked so hard for this, and there are so many great legends that have gone before us that haven't won in an England shirt, and that's for all of them who are here today.

“This is all about the England rugby family. It's amazing.

“It started years ago with the people that have brought us here, our family and friends. We've had to work today – Canada were fantastic – and it's amazing to think we've done it.”

Despite finishing as runners-up, Canada had some consolation as their wing and goalkicker Magali Harvey was named women's player of the year.

Canada's captain Kelly Russell said although they gave their all they came off second best to a superior side.

“It was a big physical effort, and I'm so proud of the girls,” she said.

“They put everything they had into it.

“All credit to England. They were the better team today.”

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