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Rugby - 15. December 2014.

This is a massive turning point for women’s sport.

England's World Cup winning Women have been crowned Team of the Year at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards.

England became world champions for the first time in 20 years this August after a thrilling World Cup campaign that saw them beat Canada 21-9 in the final in Paris.

The women fended off strong competition from the European Ryder Cup team, Mercedes Formula One and the Great Britain athletics team to scoop the coveted Team of the Year award.

Captain Katy McLean said: "This is a massive turning point for women's sport. The fact that we have been recognised here tonight against tough competition is a testament to where women's sport is right now."

She added: "We've been so lucky with the people that have been involved in this team, not just this year but all the ex-players who have battled over the past 20 years to win England a World Cup. This is as much for them as it is for us.

"Team of the Year is about a team and this is a phenomenal group of people that have worked so, so, hard to achieve this."

Head Coach Gary Street was also nominated for the Coach of the Year award but lost out to European Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley

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