England go into the series with targets on their backs but Helen Housby expects her team to cope with the added pressure
When England Netball sat down with three of their closest rivals to create the Quad Series this decade, their motivation was twofold. One factor was that a regular international showpiece beyond the four-yearly World Cup would play better with sponsors and broadcasters, who had previously been offered little in the way of a consistent calendar. Another was to ensure the best could complete against one another more often. The wisdom behind that thinking will be gloriously evident in Liverpool todayon Sunday.
England will begin the competition’s sixth edition with a match against New Zealand and its place in the public consciousness has never been higher. This was always intended to be netball’s equivalent of rugby union’s Six Nations, a stand-alone tournament whose kudos will grow as storylines are written and rivalries forged, and the events of last year have taken its allure to new levels.
Written by Nick Ames
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/jan/13/england-netball-quad-series-helen-housby under the title “‘Everybody is coming out to beat us’: England look to deliver in Quad Series”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.