Posted 30th Aug 2023

Blue & Gold star Jayda Pechova in line for senior England Netball debut after earning call-up to Roses’ tour of New Zealand

Team Bath’s Jayda Pechova is in line to make her full England Netball debut after being selected for September’s international test series in New Zealand.

The University of Bath Sports Performance student, who is supported by a Trendell Sporting Scholarship, is among seven potential debutants in a youthful Vitality Roses squad set to contest the Taini Jamison Trophy against the Silver Ferns.

Goal-keeper Pechova, who was voted as Team Bath’s Most Valuable Player during the 2023 Super League season by both the fans and her team-mates, has previously represented England at the 2022 Fast5 Netball World Series in Christchurch but has yet to play a full international.

University of Bath alumna Sophie Drakeford-Lewis is one of the most experienced players in a 14-strong squad, which doesn’t feature any of the players who helped England win silver at the 2023 Netball World Cup earlier this month.

The three-match series will see the Roses take on the Ferns in Christchurch on Sunday 24th September (4am BST), in Porirua on Wednesday 27th September (7.30am BST) and in Hamilton on Saturday 30th September (7.10am BST).

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