Rugby World Cup: Flying England economy to NZ a “challenging decision”, says RFU

England’s last loss came against New Zealand in 2019

Flying England’s women in economy class to the World Cup in New Zealand has been described as a “challenging decision” by the Rugby Football Union.

The Red Roses are favourites to win the title and begin their journey, which will take almost 30 hours, on Friday.

England’s men travelled business class to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The RFU said that because the women’s side is loss making, “we have to make challenging decisions around what we can invest in”.

England’s journey begins on Friday and they arrive in New Zealand on Sunday lunchtime, with light training currently planned two days later before full training on Thursday.

The Red Roses are the number one side in the world, set a record of 25 consecutive Test wins earlier in September and play their opening World Cup match against Fiji on 8 October.

England were the first women’s XVs side to be offered full-time contracts in 2019.

The RFU said it was “proud of the progress…

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