Her very first England squad has been named by jess Thirlby as head trainer for its Vitality Roses’ tour of Oceania.
The group of 15 will journey to Australia and New Zealand to get a championship that is behind-closed-doors later this month.
The squad, which includes Natalie Panagarry and World Cup bronze-medallists Fran Williams, train and will play against Australia’s development team in Canberra until either side journey to Auckland to confront the New Zealand A side.
“We have some new faces inside the Roses programme now and that is a excellent chance to expose these gamers to distinct styles of drama and competition, whilst giving them the opportunity to learn from a number of their more seasoned team-mates,” said Thirlby.
“For example, Natalie and Fran who had the amazing opportunity to compete at the Vitality Netball World Cup earlier this year. It is extremely exciting to be taking this team on visit to compete against the team emerging talent.
“I’m very much looking forward to my first global tour as head trainer of this Vitality Roses and can not wait to find whatever the future holds for this particular 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 have also named their group for the Europe Open, which sees them and Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Wales play .
England Netball futures coach Sam Bird will lead the England side, alongside Emily Perry as trainer.
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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