Netball: England call for Cumberland’s Kira

Cumberland's Kira Rothwell has been called into the England under-19 netball squad (pic England Netb

Cumberland's Kira Rothwell has been called into the England under-19 netball squad (pic England Netball) - Credit: Archant

Cumberland’s Kira Rothwell has been picked for the England under-19 tour to Australia this July.

Shooter Rothwell has been playing for Cumberland’s Mizuno National Premier League team for two seasons, helping gain promotion to Division Two.

“I’m incredibly excited to be representing England and touring Australia. Being part of the Cumberland set-up led by coaches Polini and Amelia has been great for my development,” said Rothwell.

“Thank you to them and the team for their amazing support. And my biggest cheerleader – my Dad. I’m really looking forward to the challenge.”

Cumberland head coach Polini Langi added: “Words can’t describe how happy I am for Kira, she is an exceptional talent, extremely hardworking, an incredible team player and a delight to coach. And hugely modest.

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“She is an impressive role model for younger netball players coming through.”

Chair Jo Stevens said: “Our junior section is going from strength to strength and under our coach Polini Langi, Kira has been nurtured and supported by the experience and warmth of the Premier team to continue to flourish and enjoy playing netball.”

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Rothwell will be playing in a number of matches for England against Australian teams in Canberra from July 2-14.

Proud dad Paul added: “Watching Kira work hard to get to this level has made me an immensely proud dad. Looks like I’ll be taking my cheerleading Down Under!”

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