Team Bath’s Rachel Shaw “over the moon” to be back in England colours for Netball Quad Series
The first half of the Vitality Netball International Series will be played in Durban, South Africa, before the action moves to England for the concluding matches.
The Roses’ U21 squad – coached by Team Bath’s Emily Perry and Denise Ellis, and including University of Bath Sport Performance student Paige Reed – are also touring South Africa in January as they continue their preparations for next summer’s Netball World Youth Cup in Botswana.
Shaw, who plays at Goal Attack or Wing Attack, last wore the famous England red dress in January of this year during the three-match series against Australia.
Absolutely over the moon with the @England_Netball news today! Been a tough ride! But im back and ready to put that dress back on 😊🙌🏼❤
— Rachel Shaw (@RachShaw123) December 22, 2016
The latter, who helped Team Bath finish runners-up in the inaugural U21 September Showdown this year, has also been named in the England U21 squad for their January tour.
It is taking place at the University of Bath Sports Training Village on Saturday, January 7, with three matches for spectators to enjoy. Tickets priced £12 for adults, £8 concessions and £35 for families are on sale now at http://teambath.ticketline.co.uk/ or by calling 0844 888 4412.
England senior squad: Ama Agbeze (captain), Eleanor Cardwell, Jade Clarke (vice-captain), Beth Cobden, Kadeen Corbin, Jodie Gibson (subject to fitness), Natalie Haythornthwaite, Helen Housby, Chelsea Locke, Geva Mentor, Natalie Pangarry, Rachel Shaw, Summer Artman. Reserves: Amy Clinton, George Fisher, Hannah Joseph, Leah Kennedy, Laura Malcolm, Chiara Semple.
England U21 squad: Summer Artman, Halimat Adio, Amy Carter, Amy Clinton, Iona Darroch, Rhea Dixon, Zara Everitt, George Fisher, Gabriella Marshall (vice-captain), Vicki Oyesola, Razia Quashie, Paige Reed, Chiara Semple, Francesca Williams (captain).
England’s Quad Series schedule
Saturday, January 28: South Africa Proteas v England Roses, Durban International Convention Centre, South Africa.
Tuesday, February 2: England Roses v New Zealand Silver Ferns, Echo Arena, Liverpool.
Sunday, February 5: England Roses v Australia Diamonds, SSE Arena, Wembley, London.