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She Cranes open World Cup campaign against formidable England

The She Cranes will be taking part in only their their Netball World Cup. (PHOTOS/Courtesy)

Netball World Cup 2019

England vs Uganda

M&S Bank Arena, England

Friday, 12-07-2019 @7pm

After a four-year-long wait, the Netball World Cup is finally set to get underway on Friday, July 12th, 2019.

Eight matches will be played on the day, two from each of the four groups.

The Uganda National Netball Women’s team, the She Cranes will be in action against the England Roses at the M&S Bank Arena.

The She Cranes who are ranked 6th in the world, head into the game as underdogs and will be out to upset the odds.

Having lost all four of their last meetings with England, Vincent Kiwanuka’s charges must know how big a task it will be, beating the Roses.

England defeated Uganda 55-49 at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia before sweeping the She Cranes in an international build-up series.

The Roses have defeated Uganda in all of their last four match-ups.

This is Uganda’s third appearance at the Netball World cup having reached the finals in Trinidad and Tobago (1979) and Australia (2015).

In Trinidad, they finished 13th before an 8th place finish in the last edition.

For Kiwanuka, he will look up to the duo of Peace Proscovia and Mary Nuba to try and get past an England side that is ranked 2nd in the International Netball World Rankings.

Proscovia had a successful spell with English side Loughborough Lightening before crossing to Australia.

For Nuba, she is currently at Loughborough where she hit the ground running, winning the Vitality Netball Golden Shot Award just months after making her debut.

England on the other hand are targeting a first-ever World Cup triumph despite reaching the last four of every tournament since 2006.

What you should know about the Netball World Cup 2019

The 2019 Netball World Cup will be the 15th staging of the premier competition in international netball, contested every four years. The tournament will be held from 12–21 July 2019 at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, England.

Sixteen teams will contest the 2019 tournament. Five teams automatically qualified by virtue of their high ranking position in the World Rankings and, England qualified as the host nation.

The remaining ten teams qualified via regional qualification tournaments, with two teams selected from each of the five international netball regions; Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

The other games on Friday

Group A
-Australia Vs Northern Ireland @11am
-Zimbabwe Vs Sri Lanka @11am

Group B
-New Zealand Vs Malawi @1pm
-Barbados Vs Singapore @1pm

Group C
-Jamaica Vs Fiji @3pm
-South Africa Vs Trinidad and Tobago @3pm

Group D
-Scotland Vs Samoa @7pm

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