Netball: English Roses Ama Agbeze, George Fisher blossoming in ANZ Premiership

The opening rounds of the ANZ Premiership have been a chance for players to find their feet, none more so than the growing number of international imports. 

English Roses Ama Agbeze and George Fisher are among the offshore stars trying their luck in the Kiwi competition, and they're not the only ones benefiting from a change of scenery.

Agbeze and Fisher have signed with Kiwi teams, after the UK competition was cancelled last year.

Agbeze admits she thrives off the team environment, so England's long COVID-19 lockdown was her worst nightmare.

"To have to just train by myself in my garden was not something I ever want to do again," Agbeze tells Newshub.

So, the former English captain jumped on a plane with her Kiwi husband and was ready when Northern Mystics needed injury cover. 

"I guess I was in the right place at the right time… just blessed that I happened to come to New Zealand and into the mix in this environment," Agbeze adds.

Fisher has always wanted to play in New Zealand, so this was the perfect opportunity to do so. 

"I was like, 'I'm so ready'," says Fisher. "I want a new adventure, I want a new challenge, I want a new task."

But the Kiwi competition is also benefiting from the pair's decision to head south.

Agbeze led England to gold at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, giving the Mystics some international skills, while Fisher is already giving Southern Steel something to cheer about.

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