Netball: Silver Ferns to defend Constellation Cup in four-test series in October

  • 14/07/2021

The world champion Silver Ferns will take on arch rivals Australia on both sides of the ditch this year.

On Wednesday, Netball NZ confirmed New Zealand will square off with the Diamonds on four tests in October, as they defend the Constellation Cup they won earlier this year for the first time since 2012.

The Kiwis will  travel to Australia for the first time since 2019 to play in Brisbane on October 13, before heading to Cairns for the second test on October 17.

The series then returns to New Zealand, where the teams go head-to-head at Spark Arena in Auckland on October 21, then shift to the capital's TSB Arena on October 24.

In March, the Ferns broke a nine-year drought to claim the annual trans-Tasman series 3-1 in Christchurch.

"Heading overseas for the first time in two years is a significant milestone in what has been an uncertain time for international netball, and we can’t wait for the Constellation Cup battle to resume," says Netball NZ chief executive Jennie Wyllie.

Coach Dame Noeline Taurua will announce her full squad for the series on August 10.

Constellation Cup schedule:

Wednesday 13 October at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre

Sunday 17 October at the Cairns Convention Centre

Thursday 21 October at Spark Arena in Auckland

Sunday 24 October at TSB Arena in Wellington