England Netball is to receive new investment to continue funding the elite programme, it was announced by Chief Executive Joanna Adams,

The fate of the Commonwealth champions’ England programme had been in doubt after it was announced in January that a funding shortfall placed the Roses’ future in jeopardy.

However, following their gold medal success at this year’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, a new three-year sponsorship deal with existing partner Vitality ensures the Roses will now be funded beyond the 2019 World Cup in Liverpool. 

Crediting their success in Australia as an important factor in being able to secure the new funding ahead of next year’s home World Cup, Adams told BBC Sport: “When you have that one moment it's an international moment.

"It puts you in a completely different place and we would not have seen new investors without that, but we have now built a good commercial proposition.

"We are doing what male sports have done but we are just a few years behind."

The England Roses will now officially change their name to the Vitality Roses as part of the agreement, following the likes Australia who re-branded to the Samsung Diamonds.

The Roses will next compete in this weekend’s Fast5 World Netball Series in Melbourne, before returning home to play a three match series versus Uganda next month.