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The national team will face the Isle of Man for a series of three ranking test matches; Suzy Drane and Nia Jones co-captain the team with Clare Jones named vice-captain

Last updated: 05/11/21 11:21 am


The Welsh national team is preparing for three test matches (Image credit: Sporting Wales)

Wales Netball announced a 15-player squad for a series of leaderboard matches against the Isle of Man in November.

Head coach Sara Moore has selected 12 athletes and three reserves for the three matches with the Isle of Man national team.

Suzy Drane and Nia Jones will co-captain the team, with Clare Jones named vice-captain and a wide range of Vitality Netball Superleague athletes involved.

The matches will all contribute to Wales Netball’s position in the World Netball World Rankings, and this is crucial when it comes to their desire to be a part of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

England, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, South Africa and Malawi are the first six teams to qualify for next year’s Commonwealth Games.

Six more seats are now available, and due to the impact of COVID-19 on the international calendar, the Commonwealth Games Federation and World Netball have extended the qualification period.

Current world netball rankings

1. Australia (Q)
2. New Zealand (Q)
3. England (Q)
4. Jamaica (Q)
5. South Africa (Q)
6. Malawi (Q)
7. Uganda
8. Scotland
9. Wales
10. Trinidad and Tobago
11. Northern Ireland
12. Zimbabwe
13. Barbados
14. Cook Islands
15. Zambia

The deadline for qualification is now January 21, 2022, and once that date expires, Commonwealth Gaming Associations ranked 7th to 12th in the World Netball World Rankings will also qualify.

Wales Netball is currently in ninth position, one place behind Scotland, which will also face Barbados in early December.

“Having the opportunity to play leaderboard matches is invaluable to us as we aim to qualify for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham 2022,” said Moore.

“In recent months we have played some really valuable training matches, which will help us play on the Isle of Man.”

Wales team for the Isle of Man series: Betsy Creak, Suzy Drane (co-captain), Clare Jones (vice-captain), Kyra Jones, Nia Jones (co-captain), Zoe Matthewman, Shona O’Dwyer, Ella Powell-Davies, Eleanor Roberts, Georgia Rowe, Christina Shaw, Leila Thomas.

Reserves: Morganne Dunne, Celyn Emanuel and Lucy Howells.

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