WORCESTER Ladies stars Jo Yapp, Nicky Crawford and Kim Shaylor have been at the heart of England's impressive march to the IRB Rugby Women's World Cup Final in Canada.
Scrum-half Jo, the England captain, played the pivotal part in launching her side's drive to an 18-0 victory in a hard-fought opening match against the physical USA Eagles at Ellerslie Park, Edmonton, in a match where Kim was in impressive form all game.
Then Nicky helped herself to a brace of tries in the Red Roses' 74-8 demolition of South Africa in Edmonton, four days later, and Jo was at the centre of activity as her forward pack dominated France en route to a 27-8 victory that gave them a semi-final against the hosts.
That turned into their toughest test yet, as Canada played for their lives and staged a nerve-racking comeback that left the England players "slightly disappointed" to be hanging on for a 20-14 victory, according to Jo.
They now face reigning champions New Zealand in Friday's final.
Huw Taylor, Jack Singleton and Andrew Kitchener helped England Under 20s win the World Rugby Under 20 Championship in Manchester last Saturday, as they swept aside Ireland 45-21 in the final at the AJ Bell Stadium.