England Netball

The England Roses began their Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games campaign on Thursday 5th April.

After a host of intriguing pool games the Semi-Finals are upon us and here we bring you the lowdown on the Roses, along with the other nations still standing – Australia, Jamaica and New Zealand.

Both Semi-Finals will take place in the early hours of Saturday morning with England facing Jamaica at 6am and New Zealand taking on the current world number one, Australia at 8am.


ENGLAND

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Nickname: Roses

INF World Ranking: 3

Previous CWG: 5

Best CWG finish: 3rd (Kuala Lumpur 1998, Melbourne 2006, Delhi 2010)

Pool results: England 74-28 Scotland, Malawi 49-74 England, England 55-49 Uganda, England 85-31 Wales, New Zealand 45-54 England

Squad: Ama Agbeze (C), Eboni Beckford-Chambers, Jade Clarke, Beth Cobden, Kadeen Corbin, Jodie Gibson, Serena Guthrie, Jo Harten, Natalie Haythornthwaite, Helen Housby, Geva Mentor, Chelsea Pitman


AUSTRALIA

Nickname: Australian Diamonds

INF World Ranking: 1

Previous CWG: 5

Best CWG finish: Gold (Kuala Lumpur 1998, Manchester 2002, Glasgow 2014)

Pool results: Australia 94-26 Northern Ireland, Barbados 24-79 Australia, Australia 60-38 South Africa, Fiji 23-108 Australia, Australia 72-51 Jamaica

Last match vs. England: England 46-50 Australia (Netball Quad Series, January 2018)

Squad: Caitlin Bassett (C), April Brandley, Courtney Bruce, Laura Geitz, Susan Pettitt, Kim Ravaillion, Madi Robinson, Gabi Simpson (VC), Caitlin Thwaites, Liz Watson, Jo Weston, Stephanie Wood


JAMAICA

Nickname: Sunshine Girls

INF World Ranking: 4

Previous CWG: 3

Best CWG finish: 3rd (Manchester 2002, Glasgow 2014)

Pool results: Jamaica 88-30 Fiji, South Africa 46-57 Jamaica, Jamaica 79-41 Northern Ireland, Jamaica 76-32 Barbados, Australia 72-51 Jamaica

Last match vs. England: England 57-64 Jamaica (Vitality International Series, December 2016)

Squad: Jhaniele Fowler-Reid (C), Romelda Aiken, Shanice Beckford, Rebekah Robinson, Vangelee Williams, Jodi-Ann Ward, Shamera Sterling, Stacey-Ann Facey, Paula Thompson, Adean Thomas, Khadijah Williams, Nicole Dixon


NEW ZEALAND

Nickname: Silver Ferns

INF World Ranking: 2

Previous CWG: 5

Best CWG finish: Gold (Melbourne 2006, Delhi 2010)

Pool results: New Zealand 64-51 Uganda, Wales 44-70 New Zealand, Malawi 57-53 New Zealand, New Zealand 60-29 Scotland, New Zealand 45-54 England

Last match vs. England: England 64-57 New Zealand (Netball Quad Series, January 2018)

Squad: Katrina Grant (C), Maria Folau (VC), Claire Kersten, Ameliaranne Ekenasio, Temalisi Fakahokotau, Shannon Francois, Kelly Jury, Grace Kara, Bailey Mes, Te Paea Selby-Rickit, Michaela Sokolich-Beatson, Samantha Sinclair

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