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Roses face minnows in final Pool B encounter

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England end their Pool B campaign with a match against the lowest ranked team in the group, Samoa on Sunday. A tiny group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, Samoa has a population close to 200,000 yet can boast a seventh consecutive appearance at the Netball World Cup in 2015, a run stretching back to their debut in 1991.

In 2003 they secured a best ever sixth place finish when they overcame Oceania counterparts in Fiji. Finishing second to the same opponents in qualifying has made sure that Samoa will proudly take their place in Sydney.

Although they are now World Cup stalwarts, their build-up to the competition has seen Samoa struggle as they finished a disappointing third at the Pacific Games, losing out to Papua New Guinea in the process.

England mid-courter Serena Guthrie knows no opponent is to be underrated, she said “Samoa are unknown but we can’t take them for granted, I don’t think we can take anyone for granted. Everyone is getting better and better so we are just looking to win that one like all the others.”

Although it will be a third game in three days for England, the ANZ star is confident the teams fitness will shine through, she added: “The longer the competition goes on, your body will fatigue but we’re expecting to still be pretty fresh. I think we have trained hard enough to get through and still feel fresh at that point of the competition.”

The tournament enters its second group stage following this round of fixtures with a potential clash against New Zealand or hosts Australia waiting.

Guthrie is keen that the Roses don’t take their foot off the gas, she said “I think momentum will be really important, especially when the groups split again. We want to stay top because you don’t know what is going to happen which is going to make it really interesting when we get going into it.”

England versus Samoa will be shown on Sunday live exclusively on Sky Sports 3 from 7:15am. Non-subscribers can also see matches without a contract through online streaming service NOW TV.

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