Four-time champions New Zealand out of World Cup
A man stands by the pitch during a match of the IRB Women's Rugby World Cup in Marcoussis, France, on August 1, 2014 - by Kenzo Tribouillard
Ireland's 40-5 thrashing of Kazakhstan earlier on Saturday at Marcoussis ensured they top Pool B and England's 13-13 draw with Pool A rivals Canada sees them both finish on 12 points with the English topping the table by virtue of a better points difference.
A bonus point win for New Zealand over the United States would not be enough for them to claim the best runners-up spot who join the three pool winners in the semi-finals as Canada have 12 points and the Silver Ferns, six.
The Irish had dealt a body blow to New Zealand's chances of adding a fifth crown to their tally when they beat them 17-14 on Tuesday -- their first defeat in the tournament since 1991.
Canada must wait to see the outcome of the Pool A game between Australia and France later on Saturday to see if they claim the best runner-up spot.
France currently have 10 points and Australia 8.