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Matthews reveals how England dealt with World Cup heartbreak

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Alex Matthews insists England have banished the demons of their World Cup final defeat as they chase a fourth-consecutive Grand Slam ahead of the 2023 TikTok Women's Six Nations.

The all-conquering Red Roses' record-breaking unbeaten run of 30 matches came to a shuddering, shock halt as they lost 34-31 to New Zealand in a final that had almost had its conclusion written before it was played.

Ad Amidst the post-mortem of what happened on that day in Eden Park, long-term head coach Simon Middleton announced he would be stepping down as England continued work out what went wrong.

RugbyLibyan teenager grows in confidence and social skills after being introduced to the game by Project08/02/2023 AT 14:45 Yet Matthews revealed it is not all doom and gloom in camp, as the side's focus returns to retaining the Championship they have so utterly dominated for the past few years. «Since our review weekend, we haven't mentioned it again,» said Matthews. «Our thing now is growing the gap. »Obviously, it was heart-breaking to begin with.

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