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England to face Black Ferns without WRWC-winner Danielle Waterman

Waterman, who lifted the World Cup in 2014, started each of England's four games in Ireland thus far and scored two tries against Italy. David Rogers/Getty Images

Danielle Waterman has been ruled out of England's Women's Rugby World Cup final against New Zealand with a concussion and has been replaced by Emily Scott.

The fullback was forced off towards the end of the first half of her side's semifinal win over France and the Rugby Football Union confirmed on Wednesday night that she would not recover in time for Saturday's showpiece.

World Cup-winner Waterman started all four of England's matches en route to the final at Kingspan Stadium, scoring twice in the pool stage win over Italy.

"It's disappointing to lose Danielle ahead of final; she has delivered outstanding performances throughout the tournament and has been a highly-valued member of the squad," England coach Simon Middleton said in a statement.

"However we have a number of strong options available to us as we begin preparing for Saturday's final against New Zealand."

The versatile Scott could find herself on bench duty, with England head coach Simon Middleton expected to consider centre Emily Scarratt as a full-back option instead of Waterman and fielding Megan Jones alongside Rachel Burford in midfield.

"It's great to have Emily back in the squad," Middleton said. "She can cover both fly-half and full-back positions and has invaluable experience playing in major tournaments like the Olympics and being part of England's Grand Slam-winning campaign earlier this year.

"It was disappointing for Emily to miss out initially on the World Cup through minor injury, but she has successfully completed her rehab and is fit and ready to go."