Netball: Wales replace Malawi as England opponents

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England's netball team will play Wales on Sunday after visa issues meant Malawi will not be able to fulfil the first tie of the three-match series.

Wales will now provide the opposition at Liverpool's Echo Arena, but England Netball are hopeful Malawi will be able to travel for the remaining fixtures.

The matches are part of the preparation for the 2015 Netball World Cup, which takes place in Australia in August.

England drew 1-1 with New Zealand and lost 2-0 to Australia in October.

"Having previously received assurances that the issue was resolved, England Netball contacted the Home Office who regrettably informed us that the application had not been made," read a statement.

England's schedule
England v Wales, 14 December - Liverpool
England v Malawi, 17 December - London
England v Malawi, 20 December - Worcester

"We are currently working extremely hard with the Home Office and the International Netball Federation to ensure that 'The Queens' are able to obtain their visas and travel to play in the final two matches of the Series in London and Worcester."