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The Vitality Netball Superleague All Stars squad for the Vitality Netball Legends Series.

Some of the finest international talent in the Vitality Netball Superleague (VNSL) will take on the England national team in the Vitality Netball Legends Series.

The Vitality Roses were set to face Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls but they were unable to travel to the UK due to the ongoing pandemic allowing the VNSL All Stars to step in for a behind closed doors series with strict COVID testing and protocols in place as per Government guidance relating to elite sport.

Led by Manchester Thunder’s Karen Greig, who’s assisted by Wasps Netball’s Mel Mansfield, the All Stars feature 13 players (plus two reserves) from nine different franchises.

The three-match series will be a great showcase for the league but there’s also a trophy on the line so let’s take a look at the All Stars squad fighting for the Jean Hornsby Cup on 20, 22 and 24 January.

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Joyce Mvula

She was voted Sky Sports Fans’ Player of the Season as she fired Manchester Thunder to VNSL glory in 2019 and she was the first Malawi import to the league, representing the Queens from the age of 15.

Age: 26

Position(s): Goal Shooter

Nation: Malawi

Club: Manchester Thunder

Height: 180cm

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Loreen Ngwira

Identified by Karen Greig at the 2019 Vitality Netball World Cup, she traded London Pulse for Manchester Thunder and played all four matches before the 2020 VNSL season was curtailed.

Age: 27

Position(s): Goal Defence, Goal Keeper

Nation: Malawi

Club: Manchester Thunder

Height: 185cm

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Rebekah Robinson

She played in all three of Celtic Dragons’ matches in her debut campaign in the VNSL last year and was part of Jamaica’s squad that claimed a bronze medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Age: 26

Position(s): Goal Attack, Goal Shooter

Nation: Jamaica

Club: Celtic Dragons

Height: 178cm

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Gezelle Allison

The dual basketballer is preparing for her first season in the VNSL having made her international debut for Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls at the 2020 Vitality Netball Nations Cup.

Age: 24

Position(s): Goal Attack, Shooter

Nation: Jamaica

Club: Wasps Netball

Height: 183cm

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Nat Panagarry

She last represented the Vitality Roses at the Vitality Netball Nations Cup a year ago and was named in the VNSL 2019 All Star VII leading to her selection for the Netball World Cup in Liverpool.

Age: 30

Position(s): Centre, Wing Defence

Nation: England 

Club: Loughborough Lightning 

Height: 170cm

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Yasmin Parsons

The Surrey Storm mid-courter has 4 caps for the Vitality Roses, coming on against New Zealand in the final game of the Cadbury Netball Series last November and she has lifted VNSL titles with both Storm and Team Bath.

Age: 27

Position(s): Centre, Wing Attack

Nation: England 

Club: Surrey Storm

Height: 170cm

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Summer Artman

Breaking through with Team Bath aged just 16, she moved to Saracens Mavericks before returning to Bath and she is actually a training partner for the Vitality Roses’ Legends Series squad.

Age: 23

Position(s): Goal Defence, Goal Keeper

Nation: England 

Club: Team Bath

Height: 188cm

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Gia Abernethy

The former Australia U21 international had experience in Suncorp Super Netball with Adelaide Thunderbirds and is approaching her third campaign with Strathclyde Sirens, taking the captaincy last year.

Age: 26

Position(s): Centre, Wing Attack, Wing Defence

Nation: Australia

Club: Strathclyde Sirens

Height: 173cm

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Sam May

She competed in three consecutive VNSL Grand Finals for Wasps Netball, winning the first two, and currently combines playing duties for Loughborough Lightning with her role as Head of Netball at Loughborough College.

Age: 33

Position(s): Goal Defence, Goal Keeper

Nation: Australia

Club: Loughborough Lightning 

Height: 183cm

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Liana Leota

Winning Commonwealth Games gold in 2010, she represented the New Zealand Silver Ferns 22 times from 2008-2015 and signed for Severn Stars after claiming the 2019 VNSL title with Manchester Thunder.

Age: 36

Position(s): Centre, Wing Attack

Nation: New Zealand 

Club: Severn Stars

Height: 165cm

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Jo Trip

Having first arrived from New Zealand for the 2016 VNSL season, she played for Loughborough Lightning and Surrey Storm before landing at Saracens Mavericks where she was named in the 2019 VNSL All Star VII.

Age: 30

Position(s): Goal Defence, Goal Keeper

Nation: New Zealand

Club: Saracens Mavericks

Height: 188cm

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Caroline O’Hanlon

The 2010 Northern Ireland Sportswoman of the Year is also a Gaelic footballer and helped Manchester Thunder to the 2019 VNSL title.

Age: 36

Position(s): Centre, Wing Attack

Nation: Northern Ireland

Club: Manchester Thunder

Height: 175cm

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Fionnuala Toner

An experienced international for Northern Ireland, she appeared at the 2011 and 2019 Vitality Netball World Cups and the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth games and has joined new VNSL franchise Leeds Rhinos ahead of the 2021 season.

Age: 30

Position(s): Centre, Goal Defence, Wing Defence

Nation: Northern Ireland 

Club: Leeds Rhinos

Height: 176cm

Watch the Vitality Netball Legends Series live on Sky Sports Mix, Arena and YouTube. 

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