Netball

Army men's netball star called up to England Thorns team

Army men's netball player Lance Bombardier David Sunaki has been called up to the England Thorns team for their summer matches.

Despite only starting his netball career eight months ago, LBdr Sunaki has seen a rapid rise largely thanks to the Army creating a men's team in sport.

He's the first player to be called up to England since the creation of the men's team and says his love of the sport came from watching his mother play when growing up in Fiji.

"They were crying", said the Royal Artillery soldier when asked about his family's reaction to the England call-up.

"I didn't tell my mum straight away because of the time difference so I told her at midnight."

He plays his civilian netball for London Knights and has received major support from Army head coach Lieutenant Colonel Laura Ellis.

As well as his England appearances, LBdr Sunaki hopes to be a major part of the Army's men's and mixed netball teams as they feature in a new national competition this summer.