SIX overseas-based players have joined the expanded Pearls squad as Netball Fiji officials work to build a squad for the 2023 Netball World Cup to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, in July.

Netball Fiji chief executive Vivian Koster has confirmed that the players, who are mostly from Australia and New Zealand, attended their training session last Saturday with other team members.

She said they expected more players to arrive over the next few weeks.

“The players have already started training with our overseas-based players who have just arrived in the country,” Koster said.

She said they wanted to bring in overseas-based players as quickly as possible so they could “mix well” with local players.

“Right now they’re creating a bit of a team bond so they can get to know each other better.”

She says that throughout this week, the Pearls will have team building activities.

“You may have seen on Facebook the girls doing their two and a half hour race in Naitasiri. What we are trying to do is to get the girls to know each other more so that they establish a good level of confidence.

Netball Fiji had expressed interest last month in eligible players in elite competitions in Australia, New Zealand and the UK for the Fiji Pearls.

According to World Netball regulations, participating countries must name a preliminary team by the end of April before their final team is named later in the year.

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