Bowls England is delighted to announce the players that have been selected to represent England in the 2023 British Isles Internationals.
England will take on hosts Scotland, Ireland, Jersey and Wales in Ayr from Friday 30th June – Sunday 2nd July inclusive. Following the Senior Squad Day last weekend, 22 players have been selected for both women’s and men’s teams for the event.
The players will now form two women’s teams and two men’s teams each consisting of 11 players. Each individual team will participate in Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours disciplines during the event.
Performance Director, Mo Monkton said, “This is going to be an exciting summer with a new squad approach and fresh format for the series. International bowls is vitally important to showcase our sport and provide a platform for our most talented bowlers. The British Isles Series is fundamental to this. It will be exciting for us to see the ‘best of British’ go head-to-head once more in this new-look event. Not only will it provide ideal preparation for all those selected for the World Championships later this year, but also an opportunity for other squad members to put themselves forward for future World and Commonwealth Games selection.”
The team has been selected following the Senior Squad Day last Saturday where players came together at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa, under the watchful eye of the Performance Team.
This British Isles Internationals will be the first outing for the England Squad following the announcement of Bowls England’s partnership with principal partner Aviva. Players will be showcasing the partnership across the new England kit, produced by long standing apparel partners Aceit.
Women’s Team Manager, Sandy Hazell, said: “I’m excited to be managing the teams as we take on the challenge of a whole new format for international competition. I’m looking forward to the atmosphere in Ayr, which no doubt will be electric, as the Men’s & Women’s International series takes place alongside each other for the very first time.”
Whilst selected players are already in the heat of battle at club and county level, many are taking time from their schedules to visit clubs for Bowls’ Big Weekend 2023. The event is a staple of the bowls calendar, showcasing the power of the grassroots game and the inclusivity of our sport.
England players will be attending clubs to inspire the next generation of international bowlers. Find your nearest club and sign up at bowlsbigweekend.com.