PREVIEW | England vs South Africa

TONIGHT is the beginning of the end of the year in women’s international netball.

England and South Africa begin their three match test series in a series that still has plenty to play for.

For England, it is a way to try and cap off a year of grow in a positive way, while for South Africa it is a chance to exact some revenge after drawing and then losing to the Roses in the Quad Series and not playing them at the World Cup earlier in the year.

It is also a chance for both sides to combine the stars of the present with the stars of the future.

For England, Eleanor Cardwell returns to the line up after missing the Taini Jamison Trophy, and will lead a mostly inexperienced side, dotted with a few experienced heads.

This series is also a first chance for Roses fans to see Sasha Glasgow in a Roses dress on home soil, after she made her debut in red in New Zealand.

The Roses have also made a change to their squad since it was initially announced, with Elle McDonald coming into the team to replace Razia Quashie.

Meanwhile the South Africans find themselves in a similar situation.

While they still have the experienced heads of the likes of Bongiwe Msomi and Karla Pretorius, they also have some younger faces such as Lefébre Rademan.

It is also largely the same squad as the one that toured Australia, so this tour is a chance to continue to build connection between team members.

The two additions to the squad – Ané Retief and Owethu Ngubane – will certainly be looking to get decent court time though and make a real impact on the series.

The series gets underway tonight before continuing with two matches over the weekend.

Fans in the UK can watch the series on SkySports and SkySports’ Youtube Channel. International fans can watch via NetballPass, but will need the equivalent of £9.99. They may also be able to watch via Youtube but will likely need a VPN.

England vs South Africa Squads


Halimat Adio     

Imogen Allison

Eleanor Cardwell

Amy Carter

Funmi Fadoju

Sasha Glasgow

Hannah Joseph

Elle McDonald

Berri Neil

Jayda Pechova

Ellie Rattu          

Alicia Scholes    

Olivia Tchine     

Fran Williams

South Africa

Khanyisa Chawane

Boitumelo Mahloko

Kamogelo Maseko

Phumza Maweni

Bongiwe Msomi

Rolene Streutker

Refiloe Nketsa

Karla Pretorius

Lefébre Rademan

Jeanté Strydon

Nicola Smith

Ané Retief

Owethu Ngubane

Ine-Marí Venter

Nicholé Taljaard

England vs South Africa Fixture (All times local)

Tuesday 5 December, 7pm – AO Arena, Manchester

Saturday 9 December, 5pm – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham

Sunday 10 December, 2pm – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham

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