England’s Netball team have been handed a tough draw for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi later this year.
The draw pits Sue Hawkins’ side against defending champions New Zealand and world number six ranked side South Africa.
England coach Hawkins said: “It will be a challenge all the way through, but I’m confident we will be in the top two in our pool.
“I’m looking forward to meeting Australia and I’m hoping we can hit them when it comes to the final,” she added.
Although it will be a hard group, England are currently ranked third in the world and claimed the bronze medal four years ago in Melbourne.
Hawkins said: “We’ve got a team that’s been stepping up in the last couple of years. We’ve taken leaps and bounds and we’re still not at our full potential.
“In another six months we will be sharper and a bit fitter, and we will be as well prepared internationally as we can be. We’re looking forward to the challenge,” she added.
The other teams which make up pool B will be the Cook Islands, Barbados and Papua New Guinea and England will start their campaign on October 12 against the Cook Islands, ranked seven in the world.
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