Australian Jillaroos rugby league player Stephanie Hancock during a training session in the run up to the Women's World Cup which started on Thursday.
Australian Jillaroos rugby league player Stephanie Hancock during a training session in the run up to the Women's World Cup which started on Thursday. Supplied

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Stephanie Hancock was involved in tackle that saved a try with nine minutes remaining in the match and was also prominent in attack late in the game.

Ballinger came on mid-way through the second half  and was injured in a front-on tackle, leaving the field three minutes later.

Ballinger has rejoined the team for post match celebrations

Australia win the women's Rugby League World Cup - that's two in a row for Australia and two in a row for Ballinger and Hancock.

Retiring players and great mates Renae Kunst and Stephanie Hancock were lifted above the rest of the team for a celebratory photo.

Both are retiring aged 35 and both have captained Australia during the World Cup.

EARLIER: TWO Southern Downs players have to taken to the field in Brisbane for the women's Rugby League World Cup grand final against New Zealand this afternoon.

For long-time Jillaroos stalwart Killarney local Stephanie Hancock, it's a last hurrah as she looks to retirement.

At half-time in the decider Australia lead 12-10 .

Both Hancock and former Scots PGC student Heather Ballinger were starting props for the Jillaroos, both coming off around the 20 minute mark.

Ballinger laid the first tackle of the match and has tackled strongly throughout her time on the field.

Hancock pounced on a loose ball early, giving Australia possession, which then led to the first Aussie try.



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