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Netball: Jamaica to tour in busy year for NZ

Netball NZ chief executive Hilary Poole.
Netball NZ chief executive Hilary Poole.

The Silver Ferns are set for one of the busiest international seasons yet, with Netball NZ announcing Jamaica will tour for the first time since 2010.

After last week confirming dates for the inaugural Sanzea international "super series", involving New Zealand, Australia, England and South Africa, Netball NZ yesterday confirmed the Ferns will also take on Jamaica in a three-test series in September.

The Ferns will thus meet all four of their fellow top five nations this year - a challenging start to new coach Janine Southby's tenure.

"The international netball super series will add further excitement to an already impressive line-up of international competition featuring the Silver Ferns, which includes the Constellation Cup and Taini Jamison Trophy," said Netball NZ chief executive Hilary Poole. "It is a win for fans across the country who will be able to see some of the world's best netballers on New Zealand soil."

The Silver Ferns open their season with a Vector Arena blockbuster against England on August 27. The series then heads to Hamilton where they will face South Africa before crossing the Tasman for the final match against Australia.

The series for the Taini Jamison Trophy will see the Silver Ferns face Jamaica's Sunshine Girls in Nelson, Palmerston North and Rotorua.

The world champion Australian Diamonds will be back to New Zealand in late October for the final two tests of the Constellation Cup.

- NZ Herald

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