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03.09.2020 England to take on Australia and Wales in Glasgow 2014 netball group stages

England will take on old rivals Australia and Wales in the pool stages of Glasgow 2014’s netball competition.

The draw sees England take on Australia (2), South Africa (6), Wales (8), Trinidad & Tobago (9) and Barbados (10), in an exciting but challenging pool stage.

The prospect of resuming rivalries with Australia is sure to capture the imagination of England's fans, especially after the nation’s 3 – 0 test series win earlier this year - their first ever against the Diamonds. There is then the added dimension of a home nations clash of England against Wales in Scotland’s biggest city.

Commonwealth Games England's Sports Director Don Parker said: "This is a fantastic draw for England with our old rivals Australia and Wales in the mix. It really does have all the ingredients of an exciting competition.

“We all saw just how well our team was backed when we took on Australia earlier this year and with Glasgow almost a ‘home Games’ for us, there will undoubtedly be similar levels of support next July.”

England Head Coach Anna Mayes has urged caution however and said that lower ranked teams Trinidad & Tobago and Barbados will prove tough opposition.

“I am really pleased because I think the planning we have got in place in terms of hitting those teams this year is very fortunate, so that’s fantastic.

“I think that our pool presents the lower ranked teams in terms of where they sit in the rankings, so that’s a challenge in itself; that ensures we’ve got better preparation going into those tougher games once you get through the pool stages into that semi and final.

Anna is taking nothing for granted after her team’s excellent set of results this year, which have seen the nation beat Australia and Jamaica.

“We would never go into any game thinking that it was a given, so the schedule is what it is and you plan around that. For me it’s having a look at timings when we’re playing the opposition and ensuring that we simulate that over this next year.”

“I just want to make sure that we build momentum and ensure that our fans are seeing us at our home venues and hopefully that then entices them to come up to Glasgow and support us because we need and really value their support.”

England take on South Africa this month with the opening match of the series taking place at the University of Bath – full details here.

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