Source: Nigel French/PA Wire

England Roses squad named for Netball Quad Series

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England Netball have announced the Roses squad which has been selected to take part in the Vitality Netball International Series as part of the Netball Quad Series.

England will once again face Australia, New Zealand and South Africa in a series of games.

The first half of the series will be played out in Durban, South Africa before the second half of the competition moves to England.

Once again Ama Agbeze will lead the side with England’s most capped player, Jade Clarke taking on the role of vice-captain.

This squad sees some new and returning faces as the Roses work on rotation for their best possible combinations in this crucial time in the four-year cycle as they look towards the Commonwealth Games in 2018.

A new-recruit has been named in the Roses squad as Chelsea Locke (nee Pitman) joins the line-up for the first time.

The former Diamond qualifies to wear the red dress as her father originates from Yorkshire.

The Roses squad selected to face Jamaica is as follows;

Ama Agbeze (Captain), Eleanor Cardwell, Jade Clarke (Vice Captain), Beth Cobden, Kadeen Corbin, Jodie Gibson (Subject to fitness), Natalie Haythornthwaite, Helen Housby, Chelsea Locke, Geva Mentor, Natalie Panagarry, Rachel Shaw, Summer Artman*

Reserves: Amy Clinton*, George Fisher*, Hannah Joseph, Leah Kennedy, Laura Malcolm, Chiara Semple*

* Available for selection for both the Senior squad and the U21 Roses’ tour to South Africa

The U21 Roses will be touring South Africa between the 21st and 29th January as they face Australia, New Zealand and our senior Roses in confirmed fixtures ahead of the Netball World Youth Cup in Botswana later in the year.

The England U21 squad selected is as follows;

Summer Artman*, Halimat Adio, Amy Carter, Amy Clinton*, Iona Darroch, Rhea Dixon, Zara Everitt, George Fisher*, Gabriella Marshall (Vice Captain), Vicki Oyesola, Razia Quashie, Paige Reed, Chiara Semple*, Francesca Williams (Captain)

* Available for selection for both the Senior squad and the U21 Roses’ tour to South Africa

The schedule for the Roses Netball Quad Series games are as follows;

Durban International Convention Centre

Saturday 28th January

3pm – Australian Diamonds v New Zealand Silver Ferns

5pm – South Africa Proteas v England Roses

Tuesday 31st January

7.30pm – South Africa Proteas v Australian Diamonds

Echo Arena, Liverpool

Thursday 2nd February

7.45pm – England Roses  v New Zealand Silver Ferns

The SSE Arena, Wembley, London

Sunday 5th February

1pm – England Roses v Australian Diamonds

3pm – New Zealand Silver Ferns   v South Africa Proteas

Congratulations to all athletes selected into their respective squads!

Report courtesy of England Netball