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Vitality Roses Head Coach Jess Thirlby announces Vitality Roses programme for 2020/21 season.

Jess Thirlby has announced her squads for England Netball’s upcoming international competitions including a staggering 25 players from the Vitality Netball Superleague.

The Vitality Roses take on Uganda She Cranes in a three test series on the 5th, 8th and 9th October before battling with the Australian Diamonds and competing in the Fast5 Netball World Series overseas.

With the Vitality Netball Superleague producing some of the finest netball talent in the UK, the likes of Jade Clarke, Layla Guscoth and Natalie Metcalf return to the squad and will be joined by new and exciting talent in Jayda Pechova and Olivia Tchine.

London Pulse‘s recently signed Chelsea Pitman has also been named in the squad against Uganda whilst Rhinos‘ Elle McDonald will compete in the Roses Fast5 for the first time since attaining her British passport.

Beth Cobden is back in the squad following her ACL recovery and will take on the Diamonds with fellow Loughborough Lightning stars Alice Harvey, Hannah Joseph and Francesca Williams.

With so much movement underway in the Superleague 2023 signing window, reigning VNSL champions Manchester Thunder will be represented by Taylor McKevitt and Lois Pearson, who take to the court for the Fast5 series.

Thirlby will be looking to challenge her squad in the lead up to the 2023 Netball World Cup in Cape Town, South Africa next July.

 

Here are all the Vitality Superleague Players selected for the upcoming competitions:

Vitality Roses v Uganda She Cranes (5th, 8th and 9th October):

Imogen Allison – Team Bath Netball

Natasha Pavelin – Team Bath Netball

Sophie Drakeford-Lewis – Surrey Storm

Zara Everitt – London Pulse

Funmi Fadoju – London Pulse

Chelsea Pitman – London Pulse

Ellie Rattu – London Pulse

Olivia Tchine – London Pulse

Alice Harvey – Loughborough Lightning *

Hannah Joseph – Loughborough Lightning *

Natalie Panagarry – Loughborough Lightning *

Francesca Williams – Loughborough Lightning *

Paige Reed – Leeds Rhinos

 

Vitality Roses v Australian Diamonds (26th and 28th October and 3rd November):

Imogen Allison – Team Bath Netball

Jade Clarke – London Pulse

Beth Cobden – Loughborough Lightning *

Sophie Drakeford-Lewis – Surrey Storm

Funmi Fadoju – London Pulse

Layla Guscoth – Surrey Storm

Alice Harvey – Loughborough Lightning *

Hannah Joseph – Loughborough Lightning *

Natalie Metcalf – London Pulse

Francesca Williams – Loughborough Lightning *

 

Vitality Roses to compete at Fast5 Netball World Series (5th and 6th November):

Zara Everitt – London Pulse

Elle McDonald – Leeds Rhinos

Taylor McKevitt – Manchester Thunder

Natasha Pavelin – Team Bath

Lois Pearson – Manchester Thunder

Jayda Pechova – Team Bath

Ellie Rattu – London Pulse

Paige Reed – Leeds Rhinos

Alicia Scholes – London Pulse

Emma Thacker – Loughborough Lightning *

*member of the 2022 season squad

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