WASPS Netball head coach Mel Mansfield has applauded the efforts of three of her star players, after Jade Clarke, Rachel Dunn and Fran Williams all received call-ups to Tracey Neville’s England Roses squad for the forthcoming Netball World Cup.
The Netball World Cup is being hosted between July 12 and 21 at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, where the Wasps trio will be joined by South African mid-court player Bongi Msomi.
Mansfield has hailed her contingent of international stars, and believes the call-ups are just rewards for their successful individual campaigns.
“We’re delighted that Rachel, Jade and Fran have all been selected and that their performances in the Superleague and at international level have been recognised.
“It is fantastic news for Bongi too, who will again lead out South Africa.
“We are very proud to see Wasps represented so well at the World Cup.”
The upcoming tournament will be the fifth to feature Clarke – who is currently England’s all-time capped player, and has won two bronze medals at the 2011 and 2015 editions.
Speaking on the importance of Clarke to England’s chances of success this summer, Mansfield said: “Jade has had an outstanding season – she is in the form of her life.
“She already has a Gold Medal from the Commonwealth Games and knows how to win.
“Jade is an incredible athlete and will approach the World Cup with a winning mentality, which can only benefit the whole squad.”
Dunn meanwhile heads into the tournament after an emphatic showing at the Quad Series in her last bow for England.
She was also crowned the Vitality Superleague Player of the Season, and is tipped to shine again on the international stage.
21-year old Williams made her England debut as recently as October against Uganda, and also starred in the January Quad Series, and hopes to build her reputation with a first taste of the Netball World Cup.
Mansfield believes the pair will make their mark for England, as they have for Wasps throughout the club season.
“Rachel’s call-up is well deserved – she is a great character and will be a real asset, both on and off the court.
“With Wasps she has played with great freedom this year, winning Superleague Player of the Season and offers everything you need in a Goal Shooter.
“Fran has improved as a player over the last year and won her England place with performances in the Quad Series and Uganda series.
“She is a natural leader at a young age, able to take responsibility on the court and I’m sure will deliver for England at the World Cup and for years to come.”