England have suffered a major blow in the build-up to the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup final against New Zealand, having learned full-back Danielle Waterman will play no part in the fixture due to a concussion.
Despite Waterman’s absence, England are still 4/7 (1.57) favourites to beat the Black Ferns with Paddy Power, and their odds of victory have even improved when contrasted alongside Wednesday’s closing price of 8/11 (1.73).
Head coach Simon MIddleton declared his side have options to replace their usual full-back, however, despite Waterman having played such a prominent role in their run to the World Cup final:
“Danielle has delivered outstanding performances throughout. It’s disappointing to lose her for the final but we have a number of strong options available to us as we begin preparing.”
Sunday’s clash in Belfast would have been Waterman’s fourth Rugby World Cup final, and her concussion prevents her from being the only player to start in all five of England’s tournament appearances.
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Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 Odds
England: 4/7 (1.57)
New Zealand: 5/4 (2.25)