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Nia Jones of Celtic Dragons and Wales.

Ten of those set to star in the 2022 Vitality Netball Superleague (VNSL) season have been selected in Wales’ squad for the latest international test series.

Three VNSL sides have representatives in the squad including Celtic Dragons, Team Bath Netball and Wasps. Loughborough Lightning’s NPL player Zoe Matthewman has also been selected.

Nia Jones will co-captain the side alongside Dragons legend Suzy Drane while Clare Jones – also of Dragons – and Ella Powell-Davies of Wasps will co-captain the squad of 17.

Wales will face Gibraltar, Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland in a Home Test Series which will be played at Ebbw Vale Sports Centre from the 14th to the 16th of January. In this exciting series, the four international sides will be competing to lift the Wendy White Trophy.

This will be the final opportunity for Wales to play in ranking Test Matches before the announcement of the remaining nations that have qualified for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham this July.

The full Wales squad is below:

Name Club
Rebecca Baker Team Bath Toucans
Betsy Creak Team Bath
Millie Carter Ystrad Mynach NC
Suzy Drane (Co-Captain) Team Bath Toucans
Morganne Dunne Bristol Romans
Celyn Emanuel Celtic Dragons
Nia Evans Team Bath NPL
Lucy Howells Celtic Dragons
Clare Jones (Vice-Captain) Celtic Dragons
Nia Jones (Co-Captain) Celtic Dragons
Zoe Matthewman TFC Leicester
Shona O’Dwyer Celtic Dragons
Ella Powell-Davies (Vice-Captain) Wasps
Eleanor Roberts Celtic Dragons
Georgia Rowe Celtic Dragons
Christina Shaw Wasps
Phillipa Yarrington Premier Romans

About the selected team, Sara Moore said: “We are really looking forward to playing our first home series since 2019 as a Wales Senior Squad. Playing at home in Wales is what it’s all about, there simply is no greater feeling than representing your country in front of your friends and family, and our Welsh fans.

“The current restrictions in Wales do limit us to a small crowd, but we are just grateful to be bringing international netball to Wales.

“We have made a number of changes to the team that we took to the Isle of Man in November, and that’s a real positive. It’s vital for us to be able to expose as many athletes as possible to international netball, as we prepare for the Commonwealth Games.

“I am really pleased with the work of our Captains and Vice-Captain heading into the series, and I’m thrilled to be able to announce Ella Powell -Davies as our Vice Captain. Ella has made a huge impact on the team since she joined us last year, leading by example both on and off the court, her contribution has been outstanding.”

More details of the schedule and how to watch the series will be announced shortly.

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