Jess Thirlby names first England squad for Australia and New Zealand tour


Her very first England squad has been named by jess Thirlby as head coach for the Vitality Roses’ tour of Oceania.
The team of 15 will travel to Australia and New Zealand for a behind-closed-doors championship later this month.
The squad, which includes Natalie Panagarry and World Cup bronze-medallists Fran Williams, train and will play contrary to Australia’s development group in Canberra before either side journey to Auckland to face the New Zealand One side.
“We’ve got some brand new faces inside the Roses programme now and this is a great opportunity to expose those players to new styles of play and competition, whilst giving them the opportunity to learn from several of their more experienced team-mates,” explained Thirlby.
“For instance, Natalie and Fran who had the most incredible opportunity to compete at the Vitality Netball World Cup earlier this season. It is quite exciting to be taking this group on visit to Australia and New Zealand to compete against the equal talent of both team.
“I’m very much looking forward to some very first international tour as head mentor of this Vitality Roses and can’t wait for what the future holds with this particular group.”
England group for Australia/New Zealand excursion: 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, that sees them play Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Wales from September 27-29.
England Netball futures head coach Sam Bird will lead the England side, alongside Emily Perry as assistant 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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