Guthrie excited to captain Roses in front of home crowd

Serena Guthrie will captain the Vitality Roses, with Jade Clarke as vice-captain, when they go head-to-head with Uganda in Liverpool and London at the end of the month.

Captain fantastic! Serena Guthrie will captain the Vitality Roses for the three match series against Uganda

Following her selection for the squad, Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Serena Guthrie, said: “I think it’s going to be a really exciting series, Uganda are a really good up and coming African team and it’s going to be interesting to have them over for the three-match series. I’m excited to play as well in front of a home crowd as it’s been a while since we’ve been in front of our fans, so I’m hoping we’re going to have a big crowd there to support us.

“It’s one series I’ve really been looking forward to and been wanting to be picked for as it’s great to play in front of our home crowd.”

The African Champions proved tough opposition during the journey to Commonwealth gold, with the Vitality Roses narrowly defeating them 52-49. Head Coach Tracey Neville has named her squad of 12 who she believes will be able to match up to the Uganda She Cranes in the three-match series. The Vitality Roses squad selected is as follows:

Helen Housby (52 caps) Serena Guthrie (C) (84 caps) Layla Guscoth (21 caps) Rachel Dunn (82 caps) Sasha Corbin (68 caps) Razia Quashie (3 caps) George Fisher (3 caps) Jade Clarke (VC) (156 caps) Eboni Usoro-Brown (90 caps) Natalie Haythornthwaite (31 caps) Gabriella Marshall (4 caps) Jodie Gibson (23 caps)

Uganda impressed in the Gold Coast at their debut Commonwealth Games, and finished in sixth place overall. Captain and star shooter Peace Proscovia will lead the team, and following her time playing for Loughborough Lightning in the Vitality Superleague, she'll definitely be a fan's favourite and one to watch.

Peace Proscovia leading Uganda to an impressive sixth place in their debut Commonwealth Games earlier this year

The Vitality Roses and African Champions will take to court at the following dates and times:

Tue 27 Nov – 19:00 Echo Arena, Liverpool

Fri 30 Nov – 19:00 Copper Box Arena, London

Sun 2 Dec – 14:15 Copper Box Arena, London

Tickets for the series are still available via The Ticket Factory and all games will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

By Kate Lightfoot


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