England are such heavy favourites to win that it is hard not to let the mind wander to a possible final against New Zealand or France - but Canada captain Sophie de Goede sees things differently.
Her side are amateurs playing against a professional outfit. They have never beaten England at a World Cup.
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"We all understand some of the hurdles that each of us has had to jump," she told BBC Radio 5 Live.
"For some of us, it's leaving family to go overseas to play rugby. For other people, it's staying at home working so they can have an income to afford to play rugby when we go on tours.
"We all believe in each other. England is a formidable team. The pressure is on them. We're probably the only people that truly believe we can pull off that upset."
Eden Park is an iconic rugby venue - having hosted a men's World Cup final and Lions Tests.
That we're here for women's World Cup semi-finals feels like a huge step for the women's game. It's going to be a special day.
Around 24,000 tickets have been sold for today which is amazing but maybe slightly disappointing given a record attendance of 34,235 was set on the opening day.
It's a beautiful day in Auckland so hopefully a few more decide to come and enjoy some rugby in the sun.
It's all been the tiniest bit turbulent for England over the last couple of days.
First we heard on Thursday that replacement scrum-half Lucy Packer might have an ankle injury.
That set minds whirring given Claudia MacDonald - playing on the wing today - is Simon Middleton's only other cover for starting scrum-half Leanne Infante.
Packer has been pulled off the bench today and replaced with flanker Sadia Kabeya as Middleton doubles down on his forwards-heavy game plan and plays without a replacement nine.
Prop Hannah Botterman has a late injury too, meaning Vickii Cornborough starts, the multi-talented Maud Muir becomes the loose-head replacement and Shaunagh Brown offers tight-head cover on the bench.
The Sharks have bolstered their pack by re-signing veteran forward Wade Graham to a one-year contract extension for 2023.
“Ending speculation as to his immediate playing future, 2022 Sharks skipper Wade Graham has signed a one-year contract extension,” the Sharks said in a statement.
“The 31-year-old Graham, who has played 15 seasons in the NRL, 12 of those at the Sharks after joining the Cronulla club in 2011, will continue his celebrated career into the 2023 season.”
“I’m really proud and grateful to have the opportunity to play on for another year here at the Sharks,” Graham said.
“I’m looking forward to getting back, ripping in to another pre-season and helping the squad to improve on the progress we’ve made as a Club last year”.
After an ACL injury disrupted his 2019 season, followed by a year hampered by a series of concussions in 2021, Graham bounced back in 2022, missing the first seven rounds with a calf issue before playing 18 of the next 20 games, helping to guide the Sharks into second position and a place in the NRL Finals series.
A member of the Sharks premiership-winning team of 2016, Graham took over as Club captain upon the retirement of Paul Gallen at the end of 2019 and has been integral to the success of the Sharks since debuting in the Shire as a half back in round one of the 2011 season.
Moving to the back row soon after, Graham would go on to represent NSW in six Origin matches and Australia in eight Tests, while also playing 277 NRL games, 235 at the Sharks.
With the departure of veteran teammates Andrew Fifita and Aiden Tolman, alongside the likes of Dale Finucane, Nicho Hynes, Matt Moylan and Cam McInnes, Graham’s experience will be vital in 2023 as the Sharks look to build on the success of the recently completed season.
Graham will return to training with the majority of the Sharks playing group in late November.
The Titans have signed the young brother of skipper Tino Fa’asuamaleaui on a deal that will see him graduate to the top 30 for the 2024 and 2025 seasons.
Iszac Fa’asuamaleaui will be on Gold Coast’s development list for 2023 before joining his brother in the first grade squad.
The 20-year-old made his debut for the Titans’ affiliate club, Burleigh Bears, in 2022 and featured 14 times in the Hostplus Cup.
Gold Coast coach Justin Holbrook tipped the young gun to earn his NRL debut “in the not too distant future”.
“Iszac is a familiar face around Parkwood, having come through our junior system and having done some work with us on the training field last year,” Holbrook said in a club statement.
“He’s also been involved in the admin side of the business as a trainee, so he’s got a real understanding of the club and what we are looking to build here on the Coast.
“He’s a middle forward like his brother and while he has a lot of the same traits that we see in Tino we’re also keen to see the evolution of Iszac as a player in his own right.
“In our first week back for pre-season, he is already setting the standard and is consistently at the top of our fitness testing which shows the type of athlete that he is.
“He’s a hard worker and someone who is keen to learn and I’ve no doubt that we’ll see him join his brother in a Titans jersey in the not too distant future.”
2023 squad:Jesse Arthars (2023), Kurt Capewell (2024), Patrick Carrigan (2024), Selwyn Cobbo (2025), Herbie Farnworth (2023), Thomas Flegler (2023), Payne Haas (2024), Kobe Hetherington (2025), Deloise Hoeter (2024), Corey Jensen (2023), Ezra Mam (2024), Deine Mariner (2024), Blake Mozer (2025), Tesi Niu (2023), Corey Oates (2023), Cory Paix (2023), Keenan Palasia (2022), Jordan Pereira (2023), Brendan Piakura (2024), Ethan Quai-Ward (2023), Adam Reynolds (2024), Jordan Riki (2024), TC Robati (2024), Kotoni Staggs (2025), Reece Walsh (2025), Billy Walters (2024), Xavier Willison (2025)
Development players:Logan Bayliss (2023)
2023 gains:Reece Walsh (Warriors), Jesse Arthars (returning from loan deal at Warriors)
2023 losses:Zac Hosking (Panthers), Brenko Lee (Dolphins), David Mead (retired), Te Maire Martin (Warriors), Ryan James (retired), Tyson Gamble (Knights), Jake Turpin (Roosters)
Coach: Kevin Walters (2023)
2023 squad: Nick Cotric (2024), Jarrod Croker (2023, PO 2024), Jamal Fogarty (2024), Matt Frawley (2023), Emre Guler (2023), Corey Harawira-Naera (2025, PO 2026), Albert Hopoate (2023), Peter Hola (2023, MO 2024), Corey Horsburgh (2024, MO 2025), Sebastian Kris (2024), Ata Mariota (2024), Trey Mooney (2024), Josh Papalii (2024, MO 2025), Jordan Rapana (2023), Pasami Saulo (2024), Xavier Savage (2023), Brad Schneider (2023), James Schiller (2024), Harley Smith-Shields (2023), Tom Starling (2023, PO 2024), Joe Tapine (2027), Matthew Timoko (2024), Semi Valemei (2024), Clay Webb (2023), Elliott Whitehead (2024), Jack Wighton (2023, PO 2024), Zac Woolford (2024), Hudson Young (2024)
Development players:Brandon Morkos (2024), JJ Clarkson (2023), Zane Dunford (2023), Ethan Strange (2023)
Ongoing training players: Elijah Anderson, Michael Asomua, Jordan Martin, Hohepa Puru
2023 gains: Pasami Saulo (Knights)
2023 losses:Josh Hodgson (Eels), Adam Elliott (Knights), Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (Warriors), Ryan Sutton (Bulldogs)
Coach: Ricky Stuart (2025)
2023 squad:Josh Addo-Carr (2025), Paul Alamoti (2023), Corey Allan (2023), Jake Averillo (2023), Bailey Biondi-Odo (2023), Braidon Burns (2023), Matt Burton (2023, PO 2024), Raymond Faitala-Mariner (2025), Kyle Flanagan (2023), Viliame Kikau (2026), Max King (2024), Jacob Kiraz (2024), Reed Mahoney (2026), Jayden Okunbor (2023), Tevita Pangai Jr (2024), Chris Patolo (2023), Aaron Schoupp (2024), Ava Seumanufagai (2023), Ryan Sutton (2025), Luke Thompson (2023), Corey Waddell (2023)
Development players:Cooper Talau (2023 CO)
2023 gains:Viliame Kikau (Panthers), Reed Mahoney (Eels), Ryan Sutton (Raiders)
2023 losses: Jack Hetherington (Knights), Josh Jackson (retirement), Jeremy Marshall-King (Dolphins), Paul Vaughan (Warrington), Matt Dufty (released), Joe Stimson (Titans)
Coach: Cameron Ciraldo (2027)
2023 squad: Blayke Brailey (2026), Jesse Colquhoun (2024), Kade Dykes (2024), Dale Finucane (2025), Wade Graham (2023), Braden Hamlin-Uele (2024), Tom Hazelton (2024 PO 2025), Mawene Hiroti (2023), Royce Hunt (2023), Nicho Hynes (2024), Matt Ikuvalu (2023), Sione Katoa (2023), Oregon Kaufusi (2024 MO 2025) William Kennedy (2023), Cameron McInnes (2025), Lachlan Miller (2023), Matt Moylan (2024), Ronaldo Mulitalo (2025), Briton Nikora (2025), Jesse Ramien (2023), Toby Rudolf (2024), Siosifa Talakai (2023), Siteni Taukamo (2024), Jensen Taumoepeau (CO 2023), Connor Tracey (2024), Braydon Trindall (2023), Jack Williams (2024), Teig Wilton (2023)
Development players:Kayal Iro (2024)
2023 gains:Oregon Kaufusi (Eels)
2023 losses: Luke Metcalf (Warriors), Andrew Fifita (released), Aiden Tolman (retired)
Coach:Craig Fitzgibbon (2024)
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2023 squad: Euan Aitken (2024), Jesse Bromwich (2024), Kenny Bromwich (2025), JJ Collins (2023), Herman Ese’ese (2023), Poasa Faamausili (2023), Tom Gilbert (2023), Oliver Gildart (2023), Jamayne Isaako (2025), Robert Jennings (2024 MO 2025), Isaiya Katoa (2025), Felise Kaufusi (2025), Edrick Lee (2024), Conelly Lemuelu (2024), Jeremy Marshall-King (2024), Anthony Milford (2024), Mark Nicholls (2024), Kodi Nikorima (2024), Sean O’Sullivan (2025), Ray Stone (2024), Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow (2024), Mason Teague (2023), Valynce Te Whare (2024), Jarrod Wallace (2024)
Development players: Harrison Graham (2023), Jack Bostock (2023), Ryan Jackson (2023), Michael Roberts (2023), Jeremiah Simbiken (2023)
Coach: Wayne Bennett (2025)
2022 squad:Jacob Alick (2023 CO 2024), Tanah Boyd (2024), AJ Brimson (2026), Jayden Campbell (2024), Erin Clark (2025), Tino Fa’asuamaleaui (2024 MO 2025, 2026), Beau Fermor (2026), David Fifita (2023), Sosefo Fifita (2025), Kieran Foran (2024), Moeaki Fotuaika (2024), Klese Haas (2024), Patrick Herbet (2023), Jaimin Joliffe (2024), Brian Kelly (2023), Alofi’ana Khan-Pereira (2023), Sam Lisone (2023, CO 2024), Isaac Liu (2024), Greg Marzhew (2023), Sam McIntyre (2022), Kevin Proctor (2022), Phillip Sami (2024), Toby Sexton (2024), Joe Stimson (2024), Paul Turner (2023), Sam Verrills (2024), Joseph Vuna (2023)
Development players: Tony Francis (2023), Tom Weaver (2024), Iszac Fa’asuamaleaui (2023)
2023 gains:Kieran Foran (Sea Eagles), Sam Verrills (Roosters), Joe Stimson (Bulldogs)
2023 losses:Jarrod Wallace (Dolphins), Jamayne Isaako (Dolphins), Corey Thompson (retirement), Herman Ese’ese (Dolphins), Sam Lisone (Leeds)
Coach: Justin Holbrook (2024)
2023 squad:Josh Aloiai (2025), Ethan Bullemor (2023), Daly Cherry-Evans (2025), Lachlan Croker (2023), Viliame Fifita (2024), Zac Fulton (2025), Reuben Garrick (2027), Morgan Harper (2023), Sean Keppie (2026), Tolutau Koula (2024), Karl Lawton (2024), Haumole Olakau’ata (2025), Brad Parker (2023), Taniela Paseka (2024), Jason Saab (2026), Josh Schuster (2024), Toafofoa Sipley (2023), Ben Trbojevic (2023), Jake Trbojevic (2026), Tom Trbojevic (2026), Kelma Tuilagi (2025), Christian Tuipulotu (2024), Alec Tu’itavake (2023), Kaeo Weekes (2023), Ben Condon (2025)
Development players: Gordon Chan Kum Tong (2023), Jamie Humphreys (2023), Jacob Sykes (2023)
2023 gains: Kelma Tuilagi (Tigers), Ben Condon (Cowboys)
2023 losses: Kieran Foran (Titans), Dylan Walker (Warriors), Martin Taupau (unsigned), Andrew Davey (unsigned)
2023 squad:Grant Anderson (2023), Nelson Asofa-Solomona (2023), Joe Chan (2024 MO 2025), Xavier Coates (2026), Thomas Eisenhuth (2023), Harry Grant (2025 PO 2026), Jordan Grant (2023), Jack Howarth (2027), Jahrome Hughes (2026), Dean Ieremia (2023), George Jennings (2023), Tui Kamikamica (2023), Eliesa Katoa (2024) Josh King (2023), Trent Loeiro (2025), Alec MacDonald (2025), Nick Meaney (2023), Tepai Moeroa (2025), Cameron Munster (2027), Jayden Nikorima (2023), Justin Olam (2026), Ryan Papenhuyzen (2025), Jonah Pezet (2023), Marion Seve (2024), Reimis Smith (2024), Will Warbrick (2023), Christian Welch (2025 MO 2026), Tyran Wishart (2023)
Development players:Cole Geyer (2023)
2023 gains: Eliesa Katoa (Warriors), Tariq Sims (Dragons), Joe Chan (Catalans), Aaron Pene (Warriors)
2023 losses:Felise Kaufusi (Dolphins), Brandon Smith (Roosters), Jesse Bromwich (Dolphins), Kenny Bromwich (Dolphins), David Nofoaluma (Wests Tigers - returning from loan)
Coach: Crag Bellamy (2023)