JODIE Cunningham, Emily Rudge and Dani Bound all started England Lionesses' Women's Rugby League World Cup semi final against New Zealand this morning.

However, they could not stop the Kiwi Ferns romping to a 52-4 victory as they scored 38 unanswered points in the second half.

Tara-Jane Stanley, a teammate of all three Warrington women at Thatto Heath-St Helens, scored England's only try as they battled hard to remain in the game.

They were in touch at half-time as they trailed 14-4 before New Zealand put their foot on the gas at Cronulla Sharks' Southern Cross Group Stadium.

It means the Warrington trio and their teammates miss out on the chance to face the Australian Jillaroos in Sunday's final at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium.