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'The only source of knowledge is experience."
Albert Einstein had his ideas on how to broaden your life, and experience is what the Red Roses have in abundance as they prepare for the Women's Rugby World Cup final on Saturday.
When it comes to World Cups, England have some of the most seasoned players in the game; here are some of the team who know just what it is like to lift the game’s most coveted prize.
The magnificent four
To play in one World Cup during your career is an honour. To play in four is something special.
Rochelle Clark, Tamara Taylor, Danielle Waterman and Rachel Burford are all at their fourth tournament, while Taylor and Clark, who have both past a century of caps, are set to play in a fourth final in Belfast on Saturday.
Unfortunately concussion to full back Waterman has meant that she will not be playing a part but she will remain around the squad to pass on her insight.“Their experience is invaluable to us."
“Under the most intense pressure they’re the players you know you can go to," says head coach Simon Middleton.
“Tamara can call and lead a lineout like she did in New Zealand this summer and has done countless times.
“Burford will do exactly the same in terms of leading the defence and assisting Katy Mclean and making sure we get where we want to be on the field, and then Rocky will do what Rock does which is keep everybody on point.
“Their experience is invaluable to us."
Rochelle ‘Rocky’ Clark – There has not much that has not already been said about England’s most capped international of all time. If she features in the final, she will join Ronan O’Gara as joint sixth on the all-time capped players list on 128. Clark made her debut at prop against Canada in 2003 and during her 14-year career has won every trophy in the game at the age of 36.
Danielle Waterman – The Bristol full back showed how important she was to the side as she was the only player to start every game in Ireland. The 32-year-old made her Test debut at the age of 18 in 2003 and her brace of tries against Italy meant she has scored 43 tries in 74 appearances. England’s longest serving player was also part of the Team GB Olympic squad that travelled to Rio last year.
Tamara Taylor – Taylor played alongside Rochelle Clark in her first ever game when the two were playing at Henley at the age of 15. Now the Darlington Mowden Park Sharks lock is a key factor in the England pack and the lead caller at lineout time. The 35-year-old has racked up 108 caps and scored her fourth try against Italy in the pool stages, after which she said “it doesn’t happen very often and it felt amazing just to get on the scoresheet.”
Rachel Burford – As well as being at her fourth Women's Rugby World Cup this summer, Harlequins Ladies centre Burford has also appeared at two Sevens World Cups. She has become a key part of the team playing every game in the Six Nations Grand Slam win earlier this year and the 31-year-old has made 71 appearances for her country.
Behind that quartet of England players sits another group who bring vital experience to Simon Middleton’s side.
It could also be a third final in a row for Sarah Hunter, Emily Scarratt, Katie Mclean and La Toya Mason, adding another layer to hugely accomplished names in the squad.
Sarah Hunter – England’s captain was named the Women’s Player of the Year in 2016 after some outstanding performances and earlier this year led the team to a Grand Slam. She will earn her 98th cap against the Black Ferns and another try will take her to 100 points at international level. On her influence, Middleton says "she is just so calm and brings so much energy with her smile. She is totally unflappable."
Katy Mclean – On her semi-final performance against France Middleton added: "She drove us a around the field and performed magnificently" as the fly half helped England into the final. Mclean was captain at the last Women's Rugby World Cup and the Darlington Mowden Park Shark, who is another player who featured for Team GB last year, reached 90 caps with her starting role against the French.
Emily Scarratt – The Lichfield centre will be remembered for her 16 points, including the match-winning try, in the final against Canada in 2014. The Team GB captain at the Olympics last year became England’s leading points scorer in this tournament when she overtook teammate Mclean and sits on 424 for her international career.
La Toya Mason – Since her debut in 2009, Mason has been a key figure in the England set up for eight years. The 33-year-old scrum half came on for the final stages of the semi-final win against France and will earn her 70th cap if she features in the final.