The Proteas recently concluded a training camp in Stellenbosch as part of their preparation for the Margaret Beckford Sunshine Series against Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago which was scheduled to take place in the middle of October.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, however the trip to Jamaica was called off.
Netball South Africa quickly entered into talks with other countries that could play against South Africa.
Head coach Dorette Badenhorst has expressed the importance of getting game time for the team as part of preparing for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
“It was disappointing for us that we could not send the Proteas to Jamaica," said Cecilia Molokwane, president of Netball South Africa.
"The players who are selected for the national team have really put in all the hard work ahead of the Jamaica series.
"Saving lives has always and will always be our number one priority, we therefore needed to make the best decision for the team, players and country as well.
"At the same time, we could not allow their hard work and preparation go to waste and it was important that we enter into negotiations with other countries immediately to make sure that we give the team much needed game time,” she added.
South Africa will travel to Dublin on Saturday, 9 October, the team will play against Ireland upon arrival and will move to Northern Ireland later in the month to take on Wales and Scotland before they return to home soil.
Netball Proteas team to tour the United Kingdom
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