Natalie is off to the Commonwealth Games with England!

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Barrowford’s Natalie Haythornthwaite has been named in an experienced Team England squad for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia.

The England Roses will be aiming for a medal, having finished fourth in Glasgow in 2014, as they look to add to the three bronze medals won since the sport was introduced to the Games in 1998.

It is a first Commonwealth Games for the 25-year-old Wasps star, who was overjoyed to receive the news: “To be selected for my first ever Commonwealth Games feels absolutely incredible.

“It’s something I’ve dreamt about for years and to actually be able to say I am going to a Games is amazing.

“I still keep checking it’s actually happening – not just a dream!

“I am so honoured to have been selected, and I cannot wait to see what we can all do out there in April.”

Head Coach Tracey Neville explained her selections: “I think over the current international calendar, all players stepped up in performance and there were some tough decisions made in selection.

“The 12 athletes selected offer us versatility, strength in particular court areas and units, and a wealth of experience with players who can lead the team from the front.”

England head into the Games on the back of victories over South Africa and New Zealand, helping them to their best-ever finish in the Quad Series.

England have been drawn in Pool B alongside New Zealand, Malawi, Wales, Scotland and Uganda.