The Black Ferns have been comfortably beaten by England, going down 43-12.
It was the Black Fern’s first match in 2 years, compared to the England side who had played 14 internationals since the New Zealanders last took the field.
The match marked the Black Ferns’ 100th Test and nine debutants got game time at a packed-out Sandy Park.
England has not lost at home since 2016 and showed its dominance, leading 17-0 at halftime.
The Black Ferns struck first after halftime, but after that England was in control.
The victory was the Red Roses’ biggest winning margin over the Black Ferns and their first win against New Zealand since 2017.
The result ensures that England regains the world’s number one ranking.
The Black Ferns continue their Northern Tour with a re-match against England next Monday in Northampton, followed by two games against France in France.