The Vitality Roses have secured their qualification for next year’s Netball World Cup following an update to the World Netball (WN) World Rankings.
The Netball World Cup will be held in Cape Town, South Africa from 28 July to 6 August 2023, with 16 teams set to be invited to participate including the hosts, as well as the top five teams in the World Netball World Rankings as of the qualifying date of 12 August 2022.
Following the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, Jamaica have moved up to third in the world rankings after claiming a historic silver medal meanwhile the Vitality Roses have moved down to fourth. Australia stay top of the rankings and New Zealand remain in the second. All four teams have now been invited to compete at the World Cup along with Uganda who sit sixth and qualify through their ranking due to South Africa (fifth in the WN rankings) pre-qualifying as hosts.
As part of preparations for the Netball World Cup, the Vitality Roses will face the Uganda She Cranes in a three match test series this October in Nottingham and London. Tickets for the series are available to purchase here.
Elsewhere, Tonga and Fiji have also been invited to compete at next year’s World Cup following the completion of the Oceania regional qualifier. Tonga have moved up to ninth in the world rankings as a result, pushing Scotland down to tenth and Northern Ireland down to twelfth.
After finishing eighth in the final standings at the Commonwealth Games, Wales remain in the same position in the world rankings.
To view the full World Netball World Rankings table, click here.
The final teams will be decided through the remaining regional qualifiers taking place in Africa, Asia, Europe and Americas, with the top two teams from each event being invited by World Netball to the World Cup.