South Africa have been given their greatest likelihood of reaching subsequent yr’s Netball World Cup ultimate – a minimum of on paper – after avoiding the world’s high three sides within the draw for the 2023 match to be performed in Cape City.
Although the Proteas have been positioned in Pool B on the official draw held in East London on Wednesday night time, the place they may face a robust Jamaica staff, they won’t have to satisfy Australia, England or New Zealand till the playoffs.
Other than Jamaica, ranked one place forward of the Proteas, hosts South Africa will even meet unfancied sides from Wales and Sri Lanka on the international showpiece in Cape City.
Defending champions New Zealand are in Group D, the place they must be cautious of a rising Uganda aspect, and Commonwealth Video games champions England will even must keep away from an upset in opposition to a probably harmful Malawi in Pool B.
Maybe receiving the very best draw of the world’s top-ranked sides, giants Australia are up in opposition to Tonga, Zimbabwe and Fiji in Pool A, and they need to cruise into the medal playoffs.
“This draw marks an necessary milestone on our roadmap to the most important sports activities occasion to be hosted by South Africa because the 2010 Fifa World Cup,” mentioned sports activities minister Nathi Mthethwa.
“We’re grateful that World Netball has trusted us sufficient to host their most important assert and we dare not disappoint them.”
The 2023 Netball World Cup, being performed at Cape City Conference Centre, begins on 28 July subsequent yr.
The highest staff in every of the 4 swimming pools will progress to the semifinals.
Australia, Tonga, Zimbabwe, Fiji
England, Malawi, Scotland, Barbados
Jamaica, South Africa, Wales, Sri Lanka
New Zealand, Uganda, Trinidad and Tobago, Singapore