Emma Raducanu's first full season looks to have been ended by injury after she withdrew from the upcoming Transylvania Open.
Switzerland face a daunting task after being drawn alongside the Qatar World Cup 2022 favourites in the group stage.
Excitement has been rekindled on Tyneside in the last 12 months.
The action in New Zealand gets under way on Saturday with 12 teams looking to claim ultimate glory in Auckland on November 12. It will be the biggest World Cup yet with a world record crowd expected at Eden Park for the final.