Netball Fiji suffered a major blow as they prepare for Netball World Cup to be held in Liverpool next month.

The side has been training in Brisbane for the last three weeks, but unfortunately, the camp saw the withdrawal of Matila Waqawai, due to a knee injury. Also injured was Alisi Nawele, who had travelled from the UK for the camp.

Laisani Waqa, who partially dislocated her knee during the Singapore tour two months ago has also been cleared by the physio alongside Sydney-based Kaitlyn Fisher.

Kaitlyn’s eligibility to play for Fiji is through her maternal grandfather Mahameed David Khan, who was born in Fiji.

This would be the youngest Fijian team to compete at the Netball World Cup with an average cap of 10 point 2 and average age of 22.

Una Rauluni will captain the Fiji Pearls and will be ably supported by Asilika Sevutia.

The Pearls are now in Auckland for their final preps for the World Cup and will play the Silver Ferns this weekend as part of their build up before they return home this Sunday and then onward travel to Liverpool on Friday, July 05.

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