Wasps' stars world ambitions



England is preparing to host the Netball World Cup for the first time since 1995 – and three Wasps Netball stars are hopeful of selection.


The 15th Netball World Cup will take place in Liverpool from Friday 12 July to Sunday 21 July.


The last England Vitality Roses squad which competed in the Quad Series saw Fran Williams, Jade Clarke and Rachel Dunn all selected.


Bongi Msomi will also be hoping to play at the tournament with South Africa. Jade Clarke is targeting a fifth successive World Cup, after bursting on to the world stage in 2003.


The mid-court maestro has won two bronze medals, in 2011 and 2015, and is hoping to strike gold if selected this year, but she is most excited about the prospect of playing in a home World Cup.


“There is nothing like playing at home,” said Clarke. “You get goosebumps when you sing the national anthem in front of your home crowd.


“It would be incredible to play in a home World Cup. It’s going to have a huge impact on the

country in terms of different generations getting out there and playing netball, which can add to the legacy of the tournament.”


Clarke, who is England’s record appearance holder, believes the level of quality in the national squad at the moment is as high as it has ever been.