Natalie Haythornthwaite excited to be part of England’s Commonwealth Games squad

Natalie Haythornthwaite says it’s “just incredible” to be part of England’s Commonwealth Games squad.

The Wasps Netball star was selected by England Roses coach Tracey Neville for Brisbane 2018 where she will be involved for the very first time.

The 25-year-old, who has been joined by Wasps centre Jade Clarke in the squad, says she hopes to make the most of her opportunity at the tournament in April.

“It’s just incredible to be honest,” Haythornthwaite told the official Vitality Superleague website. “To get into the squad was so hard to do because the England set-up has so much talent, I was over the moon and I couldn’t stop crying.

“It’s the pinnacle of our sport, it’s the very top-level and I can’t believe I’m actually going, I’m so excited to be part of it.”

Haythornthwaite is remaining focused on domestic matters for now as she targets a third successive Superleague triumph.

“It definitely gives you more confidence. I want to be able to perform for Wasps week-in, week-out, the talent we have in our squad is incredible,” said the wide attack.

“As a team, we feel even closer this year. Everyone wants to come and win against the defending champions, it’s a very exciting position to be in, it brings that extra pressure but we want to thrive on that.”

Vitality Superleague is back on your screens on Monday night when Loughborough Lighting host Manchester Thunder, coverage is underway on Sky Sports Action, Mix, which you can find on channel 287, and is free for all Sky customers, and Main Event from 6.45pm.

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