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 group of 15 will journey to get a championship to Australia and New Zealand later this season.
The team, which contains World Cup bronze-medallists Fran Williams and Natalie Panagarry, train and will play contrary to the development group in Canberra of Australia before both sides journey to Auckland to face the New Zealand One side.
“We’ve got some brand new faces within the Roses programme now and this is a superb chance to expose these gamers to distinct styles of drama and competition, whilst giving them the opportunity to learn from some of their more seasoned team-mates,” said Thirlby.
“For instance, Natalie and Fran who had the most amazing chance to compete at the Vitality Netball World Cup earlier this year. It’s extremely exciting to be taking this group on tour to Australia and New Zealand to compete against the team talent that is emerging.
“I am very much looking forward to some very first global tour as head mentor of the Vitality Roses and can’t wait to find what the future holds with this particular group.”
England team 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 to the Europe Open, which sees them and Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Wales perform .
England Netball futures head coach Sam Bird will lead the England side, alongside Emily Perry as assistant 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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