Rugby: Black Ferns brace for revenge-seeking English in WXV1 tournament finale

The Black Ferns have a chance to reassert their dominance of women's rugby this weekend, when they face old foe England in the finale of the WXV1 at Mt Smart.

The Red Roses sit atop the points table heading into Saturday's decider having won two from two, with New Zealand trailing by just four points.

A Black Ferns victory, while denying England a bonus point won't be enough. They'll need to win comfortably to overtake their rivals on points differential.

That predicament has only added to the excitement of repeating their World Cup-winning heroics of 12 months ago on home soil.

Their final at a sold-out Eden Park was dubbed the greatest game in women's rugby history and they're preparing for another fierce battle.

"I'm sure this weekend will be no different," said Black Ferns halback Arihiana Marino-Tauhinu.

Saturday is the first time the two teams have met since that match just under a year ago, and while there's confidence from those who were part of that famous squad, there's the unknown for those who watched it from afar.  

"I was around at a mate's house and enjoying it, supporting those girls I had coached through Canterbury," said assistant coach Tony Christie.  

"It's a bit different being on the other side but really excited about being able to influence the result."

Marino-Tauhinu expects an extra determined English team hell bent on securing some degree of revenge for last year's heartbreaking defeat. 

"They'll be coming back with a vengeance, but we have prepared for that," said Marino-Tauhinu.

"We have identified what we need to do to be the best team on Saturday." 

Same teams, same city, but new silverware for two old rivals.