Jess Thirlby names first England squad for Australia and New Zealand tour
Jess Thirlby has named her very first England squad as head trainer for the Vitality Roses’ excursion of Oceania.
The team of 15 will travel to get a tournament to Australia and New Zealand later this month.
The team, which contains World Cup bronze-medallists Fran Williams and Natalie Panagarry, train and will play contrary to the development team in Canberra of Australia before either side journey to Auckland to confront the New Zealand One side.
“We have some new faces inside the Roses programme today and this is a excellent chance to expose those gamers to new styles of drama and competition, whilst giving them the chance to learn from several of their more experienced team-mates,” said Thirlby.
“For example, Natalie and Fran who had the most incredible chance to compete at the Vitality Netball World Cup earlier this year. It is very exciting to take this group on visit to compete against the team’s equal emerging ability.
“I am very much looking forward to some very first global tour as head mentor of the Vitality Roses and can not wait for what the future holds with this team.”
England group for Australia/New Zealand tour: Imogen Allison, Summer Artman, Eleanor Cardwell, Amy Carter, Sophie Drakeford-Lewis, George Fisher, Laura Malcolm, Gabby Marshall, Victoria Oyesola, Natalie Panagarry, Jessica Shaw, Kate Shimmin, Olivia Tchine, Razia Quashie, Fran Williams.
England also have named their group for its Europe Open, which sees them and Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Wales play .
The England side will be directed by England Netball futures head coach Sam Bird, alongside Emily Perry as coach.
England squad for Europe Open: Halimat Adio, Rebekah Airey, Iona Christian, Zara Everitt (vice-captain), Funmi Fadoju, Ally Housley, Berri Neil, Jasmin Odeogberin, Yasmin Parsons (captain), Emilia Roscoe, Kira Rothwell, Sienna Rushton.
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