World Netball has updated the World Rankings, confirming five more teams who will be invited to compete at the Netball World Cup 2023 based on their ranking position.
The Netball World Cup will be held in Cape Town, South Africa from 28 July to 6 August 2023, with 16 teams set to be invited to participate including the hosts, as well as the top five teams in the World Netball World Rankings as of the qualifying date of 12 August 2022.
Since the last WN World Rankings update published, on the 1 March 2022, many international test series and events have taken place including the PacificAUS Series, Europe Netball Open Challenge, COSANA Tri-Nations Series, Wales International Test Series, Netball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers – Oceania, and most recently the 38 matches at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Within the top six teams Jamaica has moved up to third in the world, whilst England has dropped to 4th, this comes after Jamaica made history at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games making their first final and winning a silver medal.
This means that Australia (1st), New Zealand (2nd), Jamaica (3rd) and England (4th) will now be invited to compete at the NWC2023. Uganda (6th) will also be invited; they have also qualified through their world ranking, due to South Africa (5th) qualifying as hosts.