The England Roses netball team are relishing New Zealand’s freedoms after completing their time in managed isolation.
The Roses will face the Silver Ferns on Wednesday in what will be their first action for eight months. But first they're adjusting to life in New Zealand, after travelling from a country that's grappling with a second wave of Covid-19.
“Yeah, it felt a bit weird actually to be honest with you, no masks, you can walk in and out of coffee shops as you please ... wow, what a privilege,” England co-captain Serena Guthrie said.
The extended period out of action means the players are enjoying the parts of training that they once would have dreaded.
“When we first got back into training, even the shuttles up and down the court, we were just loving life doing them,” midcourter Jade Clarke said.
England has already played two matches with yesterday's hit out against New Zealand A played behind closed doors and the score remaining a secret.
They're also without some of their best players due to Australian Super Netball duties as they face the world champion Silver Ferns.
“Yes, we know we won't be the finished article and of course we're aware of the challenges that come with facing a team that’s had a whole season and have had the prep that they've had, but we have to focus on ourselves,” Guthrie said.