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Women's International Round-Up: Red Roses clinch WXV 1

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Two Tigers players were involved as the Red Roses triumphed over the Black Ferns in Auckland to lift the first-ever WXV 1 title.

Meg Jones came off the bench with 15 minutes to go, replacing vice-captain Helena Rowland at outside-centre and helping the side to secure the 33 -12 victory.

This game caps off an incredibly successful return to fifteens rugby for the dynamic playmaker, having also starred and scored a try in the side's opening victory against Australia, having helped the Team GB 7s team qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympics over the summer.

The side's co-captain has ambitions of both the forthcoming Olympics and the 2025 Rugby World Cup, to be held in England.

Amy Cokayne was named on the bench for the crunch clash with the host nation, but had to withdraw at the eleventh hour through injury.  

The hooker had been managing a calf injury prior to the tournament, having to pull out of an earlier warm-up match against Canada, but was deemed fit to travel to New Zealand with the wider squad. 

The 72-cap international has been an integral part of the Red Roses set-up since breaking into the side in 2015.

Having now both returned to the UK, the two will join up with the Tigers Women's team ahead of the side's opening Allianz Premiership Women's Rugby match, against Exeter Chiefs, on Sunday, November 19. 

Tickets are now on sale for Leicester Tigers' first ever Allianz Premiership Women's Rugby match, at home to Exeter Chiefs. 

Help us make history in our first ever game at the elite level of women's rugby!

This match will take place at Mattioli Woods Welford Road, on Sunday, November 19 (kick-off: 3pm).

Come down and lend your support!