Roses secure clean sweep in test series, and Neville has eyes on the prize in 2019

England completed a 3-0 clean sweep in their series against Uganda with a 66-37 victory at London's Copper Box.

The Vitality Roses beat the Uganda She Cranes 3-0 to be crowned series winners

Following narrow wins in the first two games, (50-46 and 65-53 respectively) England made a dominant start against the world number seven side and led by 12 after the first quarter.

They finished strongly, with 20 goals in the final quarter, but perhaps more importantly with her sights set firmly on the World Cup in the summer, England coach Tracey Neville was able to give several players important game time.

It's been a mammoth week in the history of England Netball with the announcement of the multi-year Nike partnership and a 3-0 white-wash win against Uganda. Neville admitted that, with the Commonwealth Games gold medal in April and a rise to second in the world, it has also been the best year of her life. She said:

"I would say probably - if I think about the moments and what we have achieved you would say you couldn't beat this - but I really want to beat this next year"

Neville was without key players Jo Harten, Geva Mentor and regular captain Ama Agbeze for this series and said: "It's about learning to win and I think the girls, overall, have shown just that."

She added: "The pleasing thing for me was the way our youngsters entered the court, the way they presented and they put their best foot forward and that's what we wanted from the series."

The next competition for Neville's team is in January, when they face world champions Australia, New Zealand and South Africa in a quadrangular series staged in London and Liverpool, however injuries to both defenders Layla Guscoth and Jodie Gibson means that the selection date for this competition has been postponed.

You can get your tickets for the Quad Series in January here.

By Kate Lightfoot


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