Spar Proteas Netball team assistant coach Dumisani Chauke says they will use the upcoming test series against England to prepare for the Vitality Cup in England next year.

The Vitality Cup in January will feature England, Jamaica and New Zealand.  The Proteas will play against England on Saturday and Sunday at Velodrome in Bellville. SA recently won the African champs in Cape Town recently.

England beat SA twice at the Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England in July. Both teams have made changes in the technical team and playing personnel. Chauke says England is bringing a younger team.

The Proteas will welcome back experienced players Phumza Maweni and Inna-Marie Venter who did not feature in the African Champs.

The team also lost experienced players Erin Burger and Maryka Holtzhausen through retirement. Chauke is hoping they will use all the players for all three test matche.

The Proteas have several players plying their trade abroad in the top leagues in Australia, New Zealand and England.

Zanele Vimbela and Khanyisa Chawane will also join overseas teams soon, and Chauke says it will improve the standard of Netball locally. – Report by Vincent Sitsula