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Layton a late withdrawal from the Netball Quad Series

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Diamonds defender Sharni Layton is a late withdrawal from the Netball Quad Series team, due to exhaustion. The 29-year-old will take a leave of absence from netball, after extensive consultation with a group of medical experts.

Layton made her international debut in June 2011, and has amassed 46 test caps. She has been named in every Diamonds touring team since September 2013, after a shoulder injury sidelined her from international duties in 2012.

Samsung Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander said “first and foremost we have a duty of care to the wellbeing of our athletes. Sharni has represented and led our country with her heart on her sleeve, but is in need of a break. Our medical and support staff will continue to work closely with Sharni during this time.”

Melbourne Vixens rising star Emily Mannix has been called into the Diamonds Netball Quad Series team, after being named in the 2017/18 Squad for the first time.

The Diamonds will gather on the Sunshine Coast from 22 August, before opening the Netball Quad Series in Brisbane on 26 August against the England Roses.

Netball Quad Series Team

Caitlin Bassett (Western Australia, Sunshine Coast Lightning)

April Brandley (New South Wales, Collingwood Magpies)

Courtney Bruce (Western Australia, West Coast Fever)

Emily Mannix (Victoria, Melbourne Vixens)

Tegan Philip (Victoria, Melbourne Vixens)

Kim Ravaillion (New South Wales, Collingwood Magpies)

Madi Robinson (Victoria, Collingwood Magpies)

Gabi Simpson (New South Wales, Queensland Firebirds)

Caitlin Thwaites (Victoria, Collingwood Magpies)

Gretel Tippett (Queensland, Queensland Firebirds)

Liz Watson (Victoria, Melbourne Vixens)

Jo Weston (Victoria, Melbourne Vixens)