Yorkshire will host a key warm-up game for England Netball ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Australia.
The match will be organised by Yorkshire Jets and take place at Huddersfield University on Saturday 11 July - a month before the tournament in Sydney.
England Head Coach Tracey Neville’s squad will take on an England Select for the game, which will begin at 2pm. Thunder have two players in the England long squad for the World Cup – Sara Bayman and Helen Housby will find out at the end of June if they will travel to Sydney.
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Neville names Long Squad ahead of World Cup in Australia
Thunder's Sara Bayman and Helen Housby have been selected in the England long squad for the World Cup.
Black and Yellows captain Bayman and young shooter Housby join 17 others in Tracey Neville's initial squad for this summer's tournament in Sydney.
Centre-courter Laura Malcolm, who featured in the series whitewash win over Trinidad and Tobago and England's victorious Netball Europe competition recently, has made herself unavailable for selection.
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Thunder finish Third in Netball Superleague 2015
Manchester Thunder powered to victory over Yorkshire Jets to secure third place in the netball Superleague.
The sides traded blows for the majority of the game but Thunder were too strong for Jets in the final quarter, and made sure of the biggest win of the season over their Rose Rivals, taking it 55- 49.
Thunder had come into this play-off a wounded beast, after seeing their hopes of retaining their Superleague title ripped to shreds following a loss to Hertfordshire Mavericks seven days earlier. And to beat their derby rivals in front of a sold-out Copperbox showed guts and was a testament to the character and spirit in what is actually Superleague's youngest squad.
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Tracey Neville named as Interim England Netball Coach
England Netball have made a sensational swoop for Manchester Thunder head coach Tracey Neville.
Neville has been signed on a preliminary basis until after the World Cup in Sydney, and her current assistant at Thunder, Karen Greig is expected to follow her into the national set up.
Neville, 37, and Greig, 35, will remain with the reigning Superleague champions until the end of the season, as the Black and Yellows bid to win a second consecutive title.
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Manchester Thunder is delighted to announce that five of their players has been selected for the England U21 long squad, ahead of a tour to Australia in July. The focus for this age group is now the upcoming Netball Europe U21 Championships which is to be staged in Scotland this October.
This will provide an early opportunity for the England U21 squad to come together as they start their journey to the 2017 World Youth Championships which will be held in Botswana.
These athletes have been invited to take part in a training weekend at the start of April after which the final selection for the tour will take place. CLICK HERE for the full report and squad list