The 2019 Netball World Cup in Liverpool kicks off on 12th July and New Zealand are ready to compete for their fifth title
The Silver Ferns have appeared in all 14 of the previous world cup tournaments and will be hoping for performances to regain their top three world ranking. Known for their zone defence and long bomb shots, they’ll be a formidable opponent – let’s take a look at their squad…
Who is in the New Zealand Netball World Cup squad?
Maria Folau (formerly Tutaia) – GA / GS
One of the most effortlessly elegant players to watch, Maria is a pinpoint shooter who just loves a long bomb shot from the edge of the circle.
Now 32, she’s earned 138 caps playing for her country and currently plays her domestic netball in the Suncorp Super Netball League in Australia for the Adelaide Thunderbirds.
The 6ft 2in shooter is vastly experienced on the world stage and married to the Tongan Australian rugby player Israel Folau.
Ameliaranne Ekenasio GS / GA
28-year-old Ameliaranne plays for Central Pulse in the ANZ domestic league.
She made her international debut in 2014 and has won 25 caps. At 6ft 1in she has a high-arching shot which is difficult to defend, and she comes to this tournament off the back of a brilliant season with the Pulse.
Bailey Mes – GS / GA
30-year-old Bailey is known for her incredible vertical leap, meaning that she’s usually first to any (rare) misses under the post.
Playing in the ANZ for Northern Mystics, she’s won 63 caps for her country and while she hasn’t had the best of domestic seasons, her speed and fitness earned her a spot in the squad.
Te Paea Selby-Rickit GA / GS
Selby-Rickit’s game has steadily improved playing for Southern Steel in the ANZ, and at 6ft 2in her movement around the attacking third makes her a threat in the circle.
This will be the 27-year-old’s first World Cup, having earned 37 international caps so far.
Te Pae comes for a sporting family, her sister Te Huinga Reo plays in defence for Steel and her father Hud Rickit is a former All Black
Laura Langman (Captain) C / WA / WD
A tireless workhorse, Laura has played for her country 151 times and is one of the most respected midcourters in the world.
At 5ft 8in her speed and athleticism have made her a great addition to Sunshine Coast Lightning in the Australian league.
Gina Crampton WA / C
The 27-year-old midcourter had a brilliant domestic season for the Steel and her speed and circle feed, as well as her defence, makes her a threat.
She’s played 26 times for her country so far and can switch between Wing Attack and Centre when needed.
Shannon Saunders WA / C / GA
Versatile Shannon is predominantly a mid-court player for Southern Steel who can turn her hand to shooting if needed.
28-year-old Shannon has been selected for the New Zealand squad before but is yet to earn a cap.
Katrina Rore (formerly Grant) (Vice Captain) GK / GD
The 6ft 2in defender’s World Cup hopes looked to be in tatters when she injured her ankle in training in June.
The 32-year-old has been receiving treatment and has travelled with the rest of the squad to Liverpool in the hope that her fitness returns in time for the start of the tournament.
Katrina is a backbone of the Silver Ferns team having earned 125 caps so far. A brilliant interceptor and a strong presence in the circle, she plays in the ANZ for Central Pulse.
Casey Kopua GK / GD
6ft 2in Casey is coming back from international retirement following the birth of her first child to play in her fourth Netball World Cup.
The 34-year-old is an outstanding defender and motivator on the court who leads her team by example. She’s played all of her club netball in the ANZ for Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic.
Jane Watson GK / GD
5ft 9in Jane missed out on selection for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, but she’s come back strong for Tactix in the ANZ and is captaining the national team for the World Cup.
She grew up playing football and was a relatively late starter to netball, her speed and competitiveness make her an effective defender with the ability to turnover ball.
Karin Burger GK / GD / WD
26-year-old Karin is making her World Cup debut, having earned just 5 caps for the Silver Ferns so far.
The 6ft defender currently plays for Pulse and has made the change from in circle to wing defender very successfully.
Phoenix Karaka GK / GD
25-year-old Phoenix is a defender currently playing for the MOJO Pulse.
The 6ft 1in defender has earned 10 caps for the Silver Ferns.
Noeline Taurua (Coach)
The New Zealand coach is a former player for the Silver Ferns – she earned 34 international caps playing at GA and WA.
Noeline took over the international side in 2018 and also coaches domestic team Sunshine Coast Lightning, guiding them to back to back premierships.
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Where is New Zealand ranked in world netball?
New Zealand is currently ranked No 4 in the world netball rankings having dropped down behind England and Jamaica in recent years.
Previously a dominant force along with Australia, they are the only two teams to have ever held the No 1 INF world ranking spot since the system’s introduction in 2009.
New Zealand is seeded No 3 for the World Cup and the Silver Ferns will be looking to improve on their fourth place in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
With Australia is the odds on favourite to win the tournament and England close behind, it’s going to be a nail-biting battle- check out the full fixture list plus how to watch the matches live.
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