Netball: Silver Ferns to play World Cup warm-up against NZ men, Fiji, All-Stars

Silver Fern Katrina Rore in action.
Silver Fern Katrina Rore in action. Photo credit: Photosport

The Silver Ferns will take on their male counterparts in a world-first cross-gender clash, as part of their pre-World Cup warm up.

They'll also play against both Fiji and an All Stars side in matches to be held at Pulman Arena in Papakura between June 26 and 29.

Netball NZ CEO Jennie Wyllie describes the match against the New Zealand invitation men's team as a "landmark" moment for the sport.

"We are thrilled to create a world first, with the Silver Ferns playing the NZ men’s invitation team," said Wyllie.

"We're excited to have Fiji back, as they will offer a different style and it also gives them the opportunity for some tough matches, as they too look ahead to the Netball World Cup."

The All-Stars team will be largely comprised of players from the 2019 ANZ Premiership.

NZ Men's Netball Association head of the David Pala'amo said it was terrific for men's netball to be recognised.

"The New Zealand men have often trained and played against the Silver Ferns leading into key events," said Pala'amo. "But they will now have the chance to showcase their skills to the whole country during this series, which is exciting."

In addition to the June series, the Silver Ferns will be back in action in October, when they contest the Constellation Cup against the Australian Diamonds.

Two tests will be played in Australia, while Christchurch’s Horncastle Arena and Auckland’s Spark Arena will host the matches on this side of the Tasman.

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