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Enthusiasm Grows for England's Arena Showdown

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Ticket sales for the netball international between England and South Africa at the University of Worcester Arena have passed the 1,000 mark.

The fixture, the third game in a three-match series between the two nations, will take place on Friday 27th September, and the prospect of a sold-out University Arena looks likely.

The series will begin in Bath on 22nd September, with the second match to be staged at London’s Wembley Arena before the teams arrive at Worcester’s new, purpose built, 2000-seat arena for the climax of what promises to be a high quality contest.

Current rankings see England third in the world – behind Australia and New Zealand, with South Africa ranked a further three places back in sixth.

Mick Donovan, Head of the University’s Institute of Sport and Exercise Science, says: “We are delighted that the people of Worcester have shown such enthusiasm for the fixture, and we are looking forward to seeing a great crowd getting behind England at the University of Worcester Arena.

“Following the success of the Netball Superleague Grand Final, which was held here in May, we are thrilled to host such a prestigious international event.

“Within our vision for the University of Worcester Arena, netball has always been one of our focus sports. We look forward to welcoming netball fans once again to our city and University.”

Speaking about the match against South Africa, England Netball’s Performance Competitions Manager, Mike Watson, said: "We are delighted to return to the first class University of Worcester Arena, after the success of the Netball Superleague Grand Final.

“The feedback from the players, coaches and spectators was excellent. This made the decision to return for an International Netball Test this September a very easy one to make.

“The netball family in Worcester really turned out in force in May, and we'd love them to unite behind the England team against very tough opponents. We are asking all supporters to Unite in Red - wear something red and show your true colours to will our girls on."

To purchase England versus South Africa International Series tickets visit http://www.worcester.ac.uk/discover/arena-whats-on.html or call the Ticket Sales Hotline on 0844 888 9991.