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Johannesburg, South Africa; The SPAR Proteas retained their fifth place ranking in the latest World Netball rankings released in London, while Uganda moved into sixth place.

There has been no change in the top five netball countries, with Australia ranked number one, the World Champions, New Zealand, ranked number two and the Commonwealth Games Champions, England ranked third.  They are followed by Jamaica and South Africa.

Uganda, a growing force in world netball, have risen to number six, replacing South Africa’s long-time nemesis, Malawi, who have dropped down to seventh place.

Uganda benefitted from their strong showing at the Africa Netball Cup in Windhoek, which was won by the SPAR Proteas, who defended their title in style, winning every match. Uganda went into the tournament on a high, having won the Debmarine Pent Series, which involved hosts Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Kenya. Uganda was unbeaten in the tournament, which is part of a series aimed at helping lower ranked countries to improve their rankings and qualify for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in August.

Zambia dropped two places to 17th and Namibia moved up three places to 22nd.

The SPAR Proteas are currently in the United Kingdom for the 2022 Quad Series in London from January 15 to January 19. The other teams taking part are England, Australia and New Zealand.