LAST HURRAH: Steph Hancock of Australia scores during last weekend's semi-final against Canada.
LAST HURRAH: Steph Hancock of Australia scores during last weekend's semi-final against Canada. AAP Image/Craig Golding

The final showdown for Killarney's Hancock

RUGBY LEAGUE: An illustrious career will come to a close today, with Killarney's Stephanie Hancock set to retire after this afternoon's Women's World Cup decider.

The tournament marks Hancock's fourth World Cup, and there is no more fitting opponent than the New Zealand Kiwi Ferns.

Both teams have remained undefeated throughout the tournament, and have set up the decider everybody was hoping for.

Hancock said the Jillaroos would have to be on-song on the defensive end to claim their second World Cup.

"We've only had two tries against us in the tournament, so defence will again be something we focus on," she said.

"New Zealand is going to be the toughest opponent we've faced to date.

"We've nominated a couple of players that are dangers, and we have a game plan based around that.

"My job is to run the ball forward, make metres, be that decoy runner and get the job done to the best of my ability."

The platform has been set for Hancock to bow out a winner, and she said there would be no better stage to claim a final victory.

"To get the job done at Suncorp Stadium would be a dream come true," she said.

"I've been so lucky to have had these 15 years.

"I'm so grateful to have so much support from everyone at home and in surrounding areas.

"People from home have made my career. I can't believe the support I've had."

The Jillaroos head into today's World Cup final as $1.28 favourites with UBET, with the Kiwi Ferns $3.70 outsiders.

The decider will be shown live on 7mate from 4.15pm.



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