Busy 2017 campaign ahead for Silver Ferns

The Silver Ferns have a further 10 tests ahead of them in 2017. Photo/PHOTOSPORT.
The Silver Ferns have a further 10 tests ahead of them in 2017. Photo/PHOTOSPORT.

The Silver Ferns' busy tour to South Africa and the UK is only the beginning of a jam-packed international schedule for the team in 2017.

As the Ferns closed out their UK tour with a 72-39 win over Wales, Netball NZ confirmed the fixtures for the second half of the year, with the Ferns to play a further 10 tests in 2017.

The Netball Quad Series, which has just been played in South Africa and the UK, will return to New Zealand in late August. The Ferns will open their campaign against South Africa in Australia, before facing the England Roses at The Trusts Arena in Auckland on August 30.

The series will then head to Invercargill for a blockbuster doubleheader on September 3, featuring the Silver Ferns and Australian Diamonds, plus the England Roses and Proteas.

World no.3 England will then remain in New Zealand to contest the Taini Jamison Trophy in September. The three-test series will see the Silver Ferns host them in Porirua, Napier and Hamilton.

The international season reaches its climax in October when netball's greatest rivalry returns for the Constellation Cup. The four-test series against the Australian Diamonds will start in Auckland (October 5) before moving to Christchurch (October 8). The series will then move across the Tasman for the final two tests - the venues for which Netball Australia are yet to confirm.

Silver Ferns international calendar - end of 2017

NETBALL QUAD SERIES
Silver Ferns v South Africa
Date: TBC
Venue: TBC, Australia*
Silver Ferns v England
Wednesday 30 August
The Trusts Arena, Auckland
Silver Ferns v Australian Diamonds
Sunday 3 September
ILT Stadium Southland, Invercargill

TAINI JAMISON TROPHY
v England
Test 1
Thursday 7 September
Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua
Test 2
Sunday 10 September
Pettigrew Green Arena, Napier
Test 3
Wednesday 13 September
Claudelands Arena, Hamilton

CONSTELLATION CUP
v Australia
Test 1
Thursday 5 October
Vector Arena, Auckland
Test 2
Sunday 8 October
Horncastle Arena, Christchurch
Test 3
Date: TBC
Venue: TBC, Australia*
Test 4
Date: TBC
Venue: TBC, Australia*

- NZ Herald

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