England head into Quad Series with World Cup glory this summer in mind

England head into Quad Series with World Cup glory this summer in mind

New Zealand’s failure to win a Commonwealth medal for the first time prompted major upheaval and the Silver Ferns face Neville’s side on Sunday with a new coach and much-changed side.

“We’ve beaten New Zealand five of the last eight times we’ve played them,” said Neville. “Beating a team over a repeated time builds confidence and it did with England.

“But I don’t think you can ever rest on your laurels. They have had a big turnaround, employed a new coach and got a new team. Sunday will be a really tough game.”

England attacker Natalie Haythornthwaite says the Quad Series is a chance to prove their Commonwealth triumph over Australia was no fluke.

“We want to put our mark on the competition because the best we’ve ever finished is second,” she said. “To win it would be amazing, but it’s all leading to the World Cup.

“We want to start beating the Aussies regularly. Getting those wins over the big teams ahead of the World Cup is so crucial.

“The Aussies will be coming back here in July so we want everyone to feel like they are in England and we have home advantage. We want them to feel like it’s a tough game.”

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