FORMER Greyhound player Izzy Noel-Smith said it was a fantastic experience to be involved in the Women's Rugby World Cup, despite the disappointment of losing a dramatic final with England.

Noel-Smith – who came on as a replacement – scored a consolation try for the Red Roses after being forced over by her team mates with three minutes to go.

But the try came too late as New Zealand won the match 41-32.

Noel-Smith featured in four or England's five matches and said she felt incredibly lucky to have been at the showpiece.

"Greyhound was my first girls club, which was massive for me, and it feels a long time ago now," said Noel-Smith.

"I feel extremely lucky to have been given the opportunity because it's been an amazing experience."

Noel-Smith said she hasn't had time to reflect about scoring in a World Cup Final.

"At the moment, it's not at the top of my thoughts, although it is an awesome achievement," she said.

"Because of the result, it's not something I have thought about.

"But as a journey, it has been great for me because I got quite a lot of game time in the tournament, which I didn't expect considering three years ago I didn't think I would be considered for selection.

The final was watched by over two million people on ITV1 and Noel-Smith said exposure women's rugby got can only be a good thing.

"It has put women's rugby in a better place," said Noel-Smith.