Sunshine Girls rise to number three in World Netball rankings
Jamaica's Sunshine Girls

Jamaica's Sunshine Girls have inched up a spot to number three in the World Netball rankings, following their historic run at the recent Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England where they earned a silver medal.

The Jamaicans, who beat the world’s number one and two ranked teams, Australia and New Zealand, on their way to the Commonwealth Games finals, have swapped places with England – who drop to number four – in the rankings, effective August 12, released by World Netball on Monday.

Australia, who edged the Sunshine Girls in the Commonwealth gold medal game to avenge an earlier loss to the Jamaicans, retained pole position from the previous ranking. Commonwealth bronze medal winner New Zealand likewise held on to their number two spot from last time.

South Africa also held on to their fifth-placed ranking while Uganda rounded out the top six.

Malawi (seven), Wales (eight), Tonga (nine) and Scotland (10) meanwhile round out the top 10 in the rankings.

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