Two New Caps Selected in Silver Ferns team for Constellation
Two New Caps Selected in Silver Ferns team for Constellation Cup
Netball New Zealand is pleased to announce the team of 12 Silver Ferns to contest the New World Netball Series for the Constellation Cup next month against the Australian Diamonds.
The Silver Ferns Team is: Casey Kopua (Captain), Laura Langman (Vice-Captain), Jodi Brown, Leana de Bruin, Katrina Grant, Joline Henry, Cathrine Latu, Camilla Lees, Courtney Tairi, Maria Tutaia, Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit and Irene van Dyk.
The two new caps are defender Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit and mid-courter Courtney Tairi while Joline Henry has been recalled to the team following a one-year absence due to pregnancy.
Kayla Cullen is unavailable for the team selection until a full medical assessment has been made on her injured knee by Netball New Zealand medical specialists. Cullen suffered the injury while preparing for the World Youth Netball Championships with the NZU21 team in Scotland. National Selectors have opted to give extra cover to the Silver Ferns squad by promoting National Accelerant Squad member and Southern Steel mid-courter Shannon Francois to the wider Silver Ferns Squad of 15.
Silver Ferns coach Waimarama Taumaunu says the squad of 15 players will all get game time across the international season this year, with Malawi touring New Zealand for three Test Matches in the New World Netball Series in October.
“The 12 players selected have been chosen for the five Test Matches against the Australian Diamonds for the Constellation Cup.”
“With such a busy international calendar ahead, we fully intend on using the whole squad of 15 players in the next few months, especially with the three Tests against Malawi in October, the Fast5 Netball World Series in November and the Silver Ferns tour of England in January,” Taumaunu said.
Casey Kopua will Captain the side with Laura Langman named Vice-Captain.
The first New World Netball Series Test
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