Team Bath Netball’s Rachel Shaw has been recalled to the England squad for the forthcoming Netball Quad Series against Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
The first half of the Vitality Netball International Series will be played in Durban, South Africa, before the action moves to England for the concluding matches.
The Roses’ U21 squad – coached by Team Bath’s Emily Perry and Denise Ellis, and including University of Bath Sport Performance student Paige Reed – are also touring South Africa in January as they continue their preparations for next summer’s Netball World Youth Cup in Botswana.
Shaw, who plays at Goal Attack or Wing Attack, last wore the famous England red dress in January of this year during the three-match series against Australia.
“Absolutely over the moon with the @England_Netball news,” Shaw tweeted. “Been a tough ride but I’m back and ready to put that dress back on.”
Former Team Bath defender Ama Agbeze will captain a squad that also contains two more players to have started their careers with the Blue and Gold, Kadeen Corbin and Summer Artman.
The latter, who helped Team Bath finish runners-up in the inaugural U21 September Showdown this year, has also been named in the England U21 squad for their January tour along with Reed.
Before heading off on international duty, Shaw and Reed will line up in the Blue and Gold as Team Bath host a tri-tournament against fellow Superleague sides Loughborough Lightning and Wasps Netball.
It is taking place at the University of Bath Sports Training Village on Saturday, January 7, with three matches for spectators to enjoy. Tickets priced £12 for adults, £8 concessions and £35 for families are on sale now here at or by calling 0844 888 4412.
England senior squad: 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 Pangarry, Rachel Shaw, Summer Artman. Reserves: Amy Clinton, George Fisher, Hannah Joseph, Leah Kennedy, Laura Malcolm, Chiara Semple.
England U21 squad: 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).
England’s Quad Series schedule
Saturday, January 28: South Africa Proteas v England Roses, Durban International Convention Centre, South Africa.
Tuesday, February 2: England Roses v New Zealand Silver Ferns, Echo Arena, Liverpool.
Sunday, February 5: England Roses v Australia Diamonds, SSE Arena, Wembley, London.
Report courtesy of Team Bath Press Office at Matchtight Ltd.