24 May 2019
Alumnae selected for England Netball World Cup squad
Alumnae Jo Harten and Jade Clarke have been selected to represent England at this summer’s Netball World Cup.
The duo will join Tracey Neville’s 12-strong Red Roses squad for the tournament in Liverpool, which runs from the 12-21 July.
They are joined by current Loughborough Lightning captain, Nat Panagarry, and former Lightning player Layla Guscoth.
Jo currently plays as a Goal Shooter or Goal Attack for Australian netball side, Giants Netball, based in Sydney. Having graduated with a BA in International Relations in 2011, she has competed at three Commonwealth Games for England and has over 100 caps.
Jade (pictured), who graduated with a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science in 2006, is England's record appearance holder, with 161 caps. This is her fifth World Cup, after deciding to continue playing despite planning to retire after winning Commonwealth gold last year.
She can play as a Centre, Wing Defence or Wing Attack, currently plying her trade for Wasps Netball, one of Loughborough Lightning’s Vitality Netball SuperLeague rivals. She also played for Lightning from 2005-9 and in 2016.
The Red Roses go into the tournament as second favourites and have been drawn in Group D alongside Uganda, Scotland, and Samoa.
The squad will be looking to go one better than their first Commonwealth Gold medal last year, in which both Jo and Jade were involved. In a dramatic final, the Red Roses beat hosts Australia for the first time since 2013, scoring in the dying seconds to win 52-51.
Congratulations to Jo, Jade and all the team on their selection and we wish them the best of luck in the tournament.
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