Netball: Silver Ferns eye England, as Constellation Cup hopes fade

The Silver Ferns may be forced to abandon this year's Constellation Cup with Australia.

On Thursday, Netball New Zealand revealed to Newshub that they're in discussions with England over a possible test series against the Silver Ferns in New Zealand later this year. 

A second wave of COVID-19 cases across the Tasman has forced Netball Australia to reconsider its domestic competition, adding further delays to a decision about their annual trans-Tasman series against NZ.

Chief executive Jennie Wyllie says it's vital the Ferns play some international netball before the end of the year. 

"Whatever form that might look like, let's be innovative about it," Wyllie tells Newshub. 

"We don't have to keep doing the tried and true, we can try different things."

While Netball Australia remains hopeful they can get the series off the ground, current uncertainty about their situation has forced Netball NZ to explore other options.

In May, Wyllie almost guaranteed a Constellation Cup would go ahead around October. But clearly, much has changed since then and now November and December are more likely targets.

"We've got a bit of a watching brief on the situation in Australia. It's changed quite considerably since we last spoke and we've got to look at all the scenarios."

One of the leading alternatives is a home fixture against England, who have been forced to cancel their domestic competition.

"England are certainly looking for some options for themselves as they go forward into the back end of this year given they've had to cancel their own Vitality series, so that's one of the options."