Red Roses won't stray from winning formula in Rugby World Cup semis

Cornborough will start in the front row for England as they take on France in Belfast on Tuesday. David Rogers/Getty Images

Since the tournament's inception 27 years ago England have failed to qualify for the Women's Rugby World Cup final on just one occasion when, in 1998, they had the misfortunate to come up against New Zealand in the semifinals.

Should they beat France at Kingspan Stadium on Tuesday then they would in all likelihood set up the fourth final to feature both them and the Black Ferns in the last five tournaments.

It is not surprising to learn, therefore, that all is calm within the Red Roses camp as they prepare for the last four. England have been here before, and they know what is required.

Even to those players who are playing at a World Cup for the first time, the work done over the last three years -- which intensified with professional contracts last year -- means that Aug. 22 will seem like any other day at the office.

"The fact that we're at a World Cup is absolutely phenomenal, there is such a buzz about the place," England prop Vickii Cornborough told ESPN. "It's hard not to get a kick out of that buzz.

"But in terms of us as an England squad and what we've been doing, how we've been preparing, we've been in that professional environment for such a long time now that the preparation for each game is very much like turning up for a normal day at work.

"There's nothing different about how we prepare within this World Cup camp to how we've prepared for every other single camp leading up to this."

In between matches Cornborough and her teammates have been allowed time to visit the markets and museums of Dublin and Belfast in order to enjoy what she described as "mental downtime".

The squad is in relaxed mood and England have no reason to change a formula that has helped them beat the French three times in little more than a year.

France have been in fine form in Ireland, knocking out the hosts and overwhelming Australia in an impressive pool stage campaign. But England have not been worried by anything they've seen.

"We will stick to our processes, we know what we're going to do," Cornborough said. "We've got a game plan that we're going out to hopefully deliver and perform on, and it's more going to be about what England can do to showcase the best of English rugby -- not really what France bring."

Cornborough is clearly enjoying her first taste of a World Cup, and she has reason to. The 27-year-old Harlequins loosehead has retained her place in the starting line-up for the clash with France, keeping the legendary figure of Rochelle "Rocky" Clark on the bench for a third game in four in Ireland.

And she credits the 36-year-old -- England's most-capped male or female player -- with helping her improve her game.

"She's an absolutely amazing teammate for me in terms of drawing on that kind of experience," Cornborough said. "I love the competition for that purpose because it really spurs the likes of me and Rocky on every single training session, every single game to be that better player.

"You're always looking to spur yourself on individually. But ultimately we're working towards a shared goal for the whole squad so every teammate plays for each other, everybody's trying to spur each other on to be the best England squad we can be and peak at the right time."

In Tuesday's first semifinal, New Zealand will attempt to reach their fifth World Cup final in six attempts when they take on the United States. The Black Ferns had been crowned world champions on four consecutive occasions before England took the title three years ago, and they have been impressive in Ireland.

Glenn Moore's side scored 35 tries on their way to the last four, while conceding just 17 points. They will come up against a U.S. side who qualified for the semifinals by virtue of a try-scoring bonus point picked up in their 47-26 defeat to England that helped them edge out Canada as the pool stage's best runner-up.