England national netball team

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Nickname(s)Vitality Roses
AssociationEngland Netball
ConfederationNetball Europe (Europe)
Head coachTracey Neville
Asst coachColette Thompson
CaptainSerena Guthrie
INF ranking2 Increase
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Team colours
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Team colours
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First international
England  25 – 3  Scotland
England  25 – 3  Wales
Both games played in 1949
World Championships
2015 placing3rd
Best result2nd (1975)
Commonwealth Games
Appearances6 (Debuted in 1998)
2018 placing1st
Best result1st (2018)

The England national womens netball team, also known as the Vitality Roses, represent England in international netball competition. England are coached by Tracey Neville, and are captained by Serena Guthrie. As of 3 March 2019, the team is ranked second in the INF World Rankings, their highest position in the list.[1] England have won one silver and several bronze medals at the World Cup and have won one gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.


The England national netball team was established in 1963, ahead of the inaugural Netball World Championships held in Eastbourne that year.[2] England have appeared at every World Championships (since renamed as the World Cup) and most recently the team competed at the 2015 Netball World Cup in Australia, finishing third. Their highest placing at a World Championship was second in 1975. They have twice won the World Netball Series, a tournament with experimental rules designed to speed up the game. Their best result in a major tournament is a gold medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Although international netball was historically dominated by Australia and New Zealand, in recent years England have recorded several impressive victories over Australia, New Zealand and Jamaica, signalling their increasing competitiveness against other elite nations.[3] This development was demonstrated in the team's second place at the 2018 Quad Series, where they lost to Australia by a narrow margin.[4] England's rapid improvement has occurred under the tutelage of head coach Tracey Neville, who was permanently appointed to the role in September 2015.[5] The team earned their first Commonwealth Games gold medal in a landmark victory over Australia in April 2018 and several months later rose to second on the INF World Rankings.[6][7]

The current captain of the team is Serena Guthrie.[8]


Roses squad[edit]

The current squad was selected for the 2019 Netball World Cup.[9]

England Roses roster
Players Coaches
Name Pos DOB Height Club Nat Caps
Helen Housby GS, GA 19/01/1995 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) New South Wales Swifts Australia 58
Joanne Harten GS, GA 21/03/1989 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Giants Netball Australia 99
Natalie Haythornthwaite WA, GA 09/12/1992 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) New South Wales Swifts Australia 36
Rachel Dunn GS, GA 14/11/1982 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) Wasps Netball England 86
Serena Guthrie (c) WD, C 05/01/1990 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Team Bath England 90
Jade Clarke (vc) WA, WD C 17/10/1983 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) Wasps Netball England 161
Chelsea Pitman WA 8/06/1988 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) Adelaide Thunderbirds Australia 28
Natalie Panagarry C, WA 27/12/1990 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Loughborough Lightning England 8
Layla Guscoth GD, WD, GK 03/02/1992 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) Adelaide Thunderbirds Australia 24
Eboni Usoro-Brown GK, GD 04/02/1988 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) Team Bath England 96
Geva Mentor GK, GD 17/09/1984 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Collingwood Magpies Australia 138
Francesca Williams GD, WD 23/12/1997 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Wasps Netball England 3
Head coach
Assistant coach
  • Colette Thompson

  • (c) – Captain
  • (cc) – Co-captain
  • (vc) – Vice-captain
  • Injured or on maternity leave – Injury / maternity leave
  • (TRP) – Temporary Replacement Player
Player profiles: Team website Last updated: 22 May 2019

Player statistics can be found here.

Notable past players[edit]

Competitive record[edit]

Netball World Cup
Year Championship Location Placing
1963 1st World Championships Eastbourne, England Med 3.png 3rd
1967 2nd World Championships Perth, Australia 4th
1971 3rd World Championships Kingston, Jamaica Med 3.png 3rd
1975 4th World Championships Auckland, New Zealand Med 2.png 2nd
1979 5th World Championships Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago 4th
1983 6th World Championships Singapore 4th
1987 7th World Championships Glasgow, Scotland 4th
1991 8th World Championships Sydney, Australia 4th
1995 9th World Championships Birmingham, England 4th
1999 10th World Championships Christchurch, New Zealand Med 3.png 3rd
2003 11th World Championships Kingston, Jamaica 4th
2007 12th World Championships Auckland, New Zealand 4th
2011 13th World Championships Singapore Med 3.png 3rd
2015 14th World Cup Sydney, Australia Med 3.png 3rd
2019 15th World Cup Liverpool, England
Netball at the Commonwealth Games
Year Games Event Location Placing
1998 XVI Games 1st Netball Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Med 3.png 3rd
2002 XVII Games 2nd Netball Manchester, England 4th
2006 XVIII Games 3rd Netball Melbourne, Australia Med 3.png 3rd
2010 XIX Games 4th Netball Delhi, India Med 3.png 3rd
2014 XX Games 5th Netball Glasgow, Scotland 4th
2018 XXI Games 6th Netball Gold Coast, Australia Med 1.png 1st
World Netball Series
Year Tournament Location Placing
2009 1st World Series Manchester, England 4th
2010 2nd World Series Liverpool, England Med 2.png 2nd
2011 3rd World Series Liverpool, England Med 1.png 1st
2012 4th World Series Auckland, New Zealand Med 2.png 2nd
2013 5th World Series Auckland, New Zealand 6th
2014 6th World Series Auckland, New Zealand Med 3.png 3rd
2016 7th World Series Melbourne, Australia 4th
2017 8th World Series Melbourne, Australia Med 1.png 1st
Netball Quad Series
Year Tournament Location Placing
2016 1st Quad Series Australia/New Zealand 3rd
2017 (I) 2nd Quad Series England/South Africa 3rd
2017 (II) 3rd Quad Series Australia/New Zealand 3rd
2018 (I) 4th Quad Series England/South Africa 2nd
2018 (II) 5th Quad Series Australia/New Zealand 2nd


Kit suppliers[edit]

England's kits and off-court ranges are currently supplied by Nike. The global sports brand announced a multi-year deal with England Netball, the national team and the organisation's 3,000 clubs across the country in 2018.[12] Before the Nike announcement, the Roses kits were provided by BLK.[13]


  1. ^ "Current World Rankings". International Netball Federation.
  2. ^ "1963 The first World Netball Tournament". Our Netball History. 1 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Champions New Zealand wary of English threat". 1 October 2010. Archived from the original on 3 October 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
  4. ^ "Australia beat New Zealand to win Quad Series as England clinch second spot". SkySports.co.uk. 28 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Tracey Neville appointed England coach on a permanent basis". SkySports.co.uk. 17 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Commonwealth Games: England shock Australia to win netball gold". BBC Sport. 15 April 2018.
  7. ^ "England Roses up to second in INF World Ranking". England Netball. 2 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Serena Guthrie will captain the Vitality Roses against Uganda". Sky Sports Netball. 8 November 2018.
  9. ^ "England squad for the Vitality Netball World Cup revealed". England Netball. 22 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Jillean Hipsey (née Porter)...Netball legend". laindonhistory.org.uk. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  11. ^ "England's netballers set sights on new horizons after Spoty double". Guardian. 18 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Nike Partners With England Netball to Grow the Sport". news.nike.com. 27 November 2018.
  13. ^ "BLK launches new focus on women's sport". blksport.com. 20 October 2017. Retrieved 8 October 2018.

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