Saturday will be the fourth time that England and New Zealand have met in a Women's Rugby World Cup final.

The Black Ferns have won the three previous meetings, in 2002, 2006 and 2010 – the latter on English soil at the Twickenham Stoop.

A number of players who will take to the Kingspan Stadium pitch for the climax of Ireland 2017 have featured in some of those finals, experiencing a mix of emotions come the final whistle. 

We take a trip down memory lane to revisit these previous finals between the two most successful nations in Women's Rugby World Cup history.

WRWC 2002 – England 9-19 New Zealand

A year earlier England had beaten the Black Ferns on home soil in Albany, a loss that New Zealand captain Farah Palmer was able to look back on some years later and admit that “in hindsight that was the best thing that could have happened to our team in 2001”.

The “wake-up call” forced New Zealand to refocus on their preparations for their title defence and ensure they arrived in Spain for WRWC 2002 better than ever before. Germany, Australia and France fell by the wayside as the Black Ferns set up a first World Cup final against rivals England at the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona.

The match was shown live in the middle of the night in New Zealand and an 8,000 crowd in the stadium saw the Black Ferns avenge that 2001 loss with tries by flanker Cheryl Waaka and scrum-half Monique Hiovanaa supported by two penalties from full-back Tammi Wilson and another from replacement Hannah Myers.

England failed to cross the New Zealand try-line – the only time in the three finals one side has failed to score a try – and could only muster two penalties and a drop goal by fly-half Shelley Rae.

Did you know...? England winger Sue Day and New Zealand replacement Melodie Robinson both played in that 2002 final and will be commentating on the WRWC 2017 final for World Rugby

WRWC 2006 - New Zealand 25-17 England

Four years on, the final at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Canada, was in the balance until full-back Amiria Marsh crossed for a try in the final minute to ensure a third successive title for New Zealand.

A pulsating final saw England open the scoring with an early Karen Andrew penalty, later cancelled out by Emma Jensen. However, just when it seemed 3-3 would be the half-time score, a wonderfully deft crossfield kick by Marsh found a gap and Monalisa Codling touched down for the first try.

Within a minute of the restart, New Zealand's lead had grown when Melissa Ruscoe found winger Stephen Mortimer to cross, but England were awarded a penalty try to cut the deficit to 15-10 with 20 minutes to go.

Mortimer put a foot in touch to be denied a second try, but New Zealand pressure ultimately told when second-row Victoria Heighway claimed a lineout and was driven over by her fellow forwards. 

A nervous finale ensued though after replacement Helen Clayton was pushed over with three minutes to go, but Mortimer and Marsh (main picture) combined to wrap up the victory and ensure captain Farah Palmer bowed out on a winning note. 

Did you know...? Six tries were scored in this final, more than in the other two finals combined. New Zealand crossed for four of them 

WRWC 2010 - New Zealand 13-10 England 

England had left no stone unturned in preparations for a World Cup on home soil, but for the third tournament in row they would ultimately find a streetwise New Zealand side too big a hurdle to overcome, despite coming closer than in the two previous finals.

Before a cauldron-like atmosphere with 13,000 fans packed into the Twickenham Stoop, New Zealand scored the only points of the first half through winger Carla Hohepa, who would finish the tournament as joint top try-scorer with Canada's Heather Moyse on seven.

Katy Mclean and Kelly Brazier traded penalties and when winger Charlotte Barras crossed just past the hour-mark to tie the scores at 10-10, the England fans in the crowd erupted as it appeared that New Zealand's third yellow card of the final may be their undoing.

The Black Ferns, though, were too streetwise to buckle and surrender their crown. Brazier calmly stepped up to edge her side ahead once more in the 66th minute and there was no way back for an England side who sank to their knees at the final whistle having come up just short again.

Did you know...? With the exception of Charlotte Barras' try, all the points in this final were scored by players involved in WRWC 2017. 

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