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Diamonds' Wood out of netball quad series

NZN 13/01/2017

Australian netball shooter Stephanie Wood is a late withdrawal for the Diamonds' quad series tour against New Zealand, South Africa and England after failing to overcome a knee injury.

Wood will miss the three-Test series with a knee niggle, suffered during pre-season training.

"We left the decision as late as possible, hoping that Stephanie would prove fit for the three-Test matches," said Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander.

"With the (new) Super Netball season commencing 18 February, and two additional Test Series in 2017, we wanted to ensure Stephanie did not put herself at risk. She will continue to work with medical staff to ensure a safe return to court."

The up and coming shooter made her Diamonds debut during the 2016 quad series.

"It's disappointing to be missing the series. It's an honour to represent our country and I cherish every opportunity to wear the green and gold," Wood said.

"I'll be cheering the team on from home and wish them all the best in defending our title."

A replacement player will be named early next week, ahead of the Diamonds' pre-departure camp in Perth, starting on Thursday.

NETBALL QUAD SERIES:

* Saturday January28: Australia v New Zealand, Durban, South Africa

* Saturday January 28: South Africa v England, Durban

* Tuesday January 31: South Africa v Australia, Durban

* Thursday February 2: England v Silver Ferns, Liverpool, England

* Sunday February 5: England v Australia, Wembley, London

* Sunday February 5: Silver Ferns v South Africa, Wembley

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