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Wales' squad in a recent meeting with South Africa.

Press Eye Northern Ireland - 24th October 2021 Net Ball South Africa - Lisburn Racquets Club - Lisburn - Northern Ireland - 24th October 2021. South Africa v Wales Photograph by Declan Roughan / Press Eye

Ten players who featured in the 2022 Vitality Netball Superleague (VNSL) season have been selected to represent Wales at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham later this month.

Wales Netball announced the squad of 12 and four reserves who would be featuring for Team Wales this summer when they start their campaign against the Jamaica Sunshine Girls on Friday 29 July.

All of Betsy Creak, Georgia Rowe, Eleanor Roberts, Bethan Dyke, Clare Jones, Shona O’Dywer, Nia Jones, Christina Shaw, Leila Thomas and Ella Powell-Davies earned a place while Celyn Emanuel, Lucy Howells and Phillipa Yarranton made the reserves.

Four VNSL teams are represented in the squad of 12 with Team Bath, Celtic Dragons, Severn Stars and Wasps all featuring. Dragons have the most players in the squad with the Welsh side having six representatives in the team.

The other two spots have been taken by Loughborough Lightning academy player Zoe Matthewman and Dragons legend Suzy Drane.

Drane will co-captain the squad alongside current Dragons captain Nia Jones while Clare Jones and Wasps’ Ella Powell-Davies have been appointed as co-captains.

The Welsh begin their campaign against Jamaica before going onto face Group A rivals Scotland, Australia, South Africa and Barbados ahead of the placing matches take place from Friday 5 August.

The full squad is as follows: Betsy Creak, Georgia Rowe, Zoe Matthewman, Eleanor Roberts, Suzy Drane, Bethan Dyke, Clare Jones, Shona O’Dywer, Nia Jones, Christina Shaw, Leila Thomas and Ella Powell-Davies.

These ten players join a number of 2022 VNSL stars who have already secured their place at the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

The squads of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Jamaica and now Wales will have Superleague stars feature in Birmingham with some nations still yet to announce. You can keep up to date with all VNSL-related Commonwealth Games news HERE throughout the tournament.

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