Huge news for a Monday – following their Comm Games win, England have moved into SECOND in the INF World Rankings. This is the first time ever that Australia and New Zealand haven’t been the top two.
How have the Roses risen so quickly? Firstly, the England squad turned professional in 2016, allowing them to train full-time for the first time.
Perhaps more importantly, though, the Australian Suncorp Super Netball league relaxed its import restrictions in 2017 meaning teams could bring in unlimited international players. Serena Guthrie, Jo Harten, Helen Housby, Geva Mentor, Ama Agbeze, Jade Clarke and Chelsea Pitman all played in last season’s Suncorp league, which players describe as being the same level of intensity each week as an international match.
Speaking about the news, Tracey Neville said “It’s such a historic moment for us. Australia and New Zealand have long dominated those two spots so the fact that we’re now up there is brilliant.
“We’re becoming far more consistent against those top teams.”
Surely that number one spot is now up for grabs at next year’s Netball World Cup in Liverpool…