Netball Quad Series: England lose opener with New Zealand

Jo Harten
The Quad Series is being contested by England, South Africa and co-hosts Australia and New Zealand

England began the inaugural Netball Quad Series with a 65-39 defeat by co-hosts New Zealand in Auckland.

The Roses, who were beaten by the Silver Ferns in the semi-finals of last year's World Cup, had trailed 30-18 at half-time.

Earlier, South Africa lost 68-43 to world champions Australia, who are also hosting the four-team tournament.

England, who won bronze at the 2015 World Cup, next face Australia in Adelaide on Wednesday (11:00 BST).

Australia, New Zealand and England are the top three ranked sides in the world, with South Africa fifth.

Elsewhere, the England women's indoor netball team beat Australia to win gold at the Nets World Cup in Wellington, New Zealand. Nets is a fast-paced form of netball.