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English netballers on a high

CELEBRATION: A Commonwealth Games gold medal has bolstered the team’s position

ENGLAND HAVE overtaken New Zealand to move up to second – their highest position to date – in the International Netball Federation’s world rankings.

It is the first time the top two spots on the international ladder haven’t been occupied by Australia and New Zealand since the introduction of the system in 2008.

The introduction of the full-time programme in 2016 has seen Tracey Neville’s side enjoy increasing success over the last few years and has allowed them to compete consistently at the highest level of the sport.

The Roses’ rise in the rankings follows their historic gold medal at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, where they stunned the Samsung Australian Diamonds to take their first major title.

Discussing England’s rise in the rankings, England Netball CEO, Joanna Adams, said: “This is a monumental moment in international netball – there is now a new world order. To see England break into the top two is testament to the hard work, sacri ce and dedication of all the players and staff.”

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