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World FAST5 tournament talent to watch out for

The World Fast5 tournament kicks off in New Zealand tomorrow, 11 November, with six teams coming from around the world to compete in this exciting version of our sport.

Amongst the teams are some NSL icons, who are set to score long bombs and take intercepts galore. Here’s some to watch out for:

England

A talented young England squad are due to grace the court with their dance moves at the ready, but one player who we think you should keep your eye on is Paige Reed. The new Manchester Thunder signing has been preparing for her time in New Zealand with the aim to sink those five points from outside the circle.

Reed, who was recently named as vice-captain, has been helping fellow team mate for the Vitality Roses and Manchester Thunder, Taylor McKevitt, with her behind the scenes content for the England Netball TikTok account.

The Vitality Roses will get their competition underway at 1am UK time on Saturday 11 November against South Africa and tournament streaming passes for UK viewers are just £9.99 GPB for the whole weekend. These are available to purchase now on www.NetballPass.com.

Name Franchise Position
Ella Bowen Manchester Thunder GD, GK
Ashleigh Dekker Severn Stars C
Taylor McKevitt Manchester Thunder C
Berri Neil London Pulse GA, GS
Vicki Oyesola Saracens Mavericks GD, GK
Jayda Pechova Team Bath GK, GD
Razia Quashie (C) Saracens Mavericks GK, GD
Ellie Rattu Saracens Mavericks C
Paige Reed (VC) Manchester Thunder GS, GA
Emma Thacker Saracens Mavericks GA, GS

Malawi

Two NSL legends will represent Malawi at this year’s tournament: Towera Vinkhumbo of Strathclyde Sirens and new Leeds Rhinos signing, Joyce Mvula.

Vinkhumbo, who has re-signed for 2024, made the most intercepts in the NSL last season and will be a commanding force at the back of the court.

At the other end, Mvula, who took a year out from the Super League last season and has recently signed for Rhinos, will be hoping to put up the goals for her side in attack.

You can see the full Malawi squad here.

Jamaica

2023 NSL winner with Loughborough Lightning Rhea Dixon will run out for the Sunshine Girls after she made the switch to represent Jamaica.

Dixon played a pivotal role for Lightning in the 2023 Grand Final against London Pulse and will be hoping she can make a similar impact on her first international outing. You can find the full squad here.

New Zealand, South Africa and Australia

Whilst no NSL representatives feature in these teams, there are plenty of exciting players to look out for from these incredible netball nations. Each of these teams have all put forward a men’s team too to represent their country.

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