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England’s Sarah Hunter fired up for Six Nations by World Cup heartache

The England captain says the pain of defeat to New Zealand will never disappear but believes her team can learn from that defeat to defend their Six Nations title

Sarah Hunter aims to use the Six Nations as a means of crushing the disappointment she felt at losing August’s World Cup final to New Zealand. The 41-32 defeat by the Black Ferns in Belfast, after England led 17-5 towards the end of the first half, hit the captain hard but she is enthused by the prospect of defending the Six Nations after last year’s grand slam.

“I’m not sure the disappointment of that day will ever disappear,” Hunter says. “You can let it keep eating at you or you can get out there refocused and energised to drive the team forward. I know we can come back and show what this England team is all about.

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