15 Nov 2015

Kopua missing from new Silver Ferns' coach first squad

6:14 am on 15 November 2015

The omission of captain Casey Kopua from the upcoming national netball trials isn't a signal of her impending retirement, says new Silver Ferns coach Janine Southby.

Southby has named a 25 strong squad for trials next month but Kopua won't be there having been given extended leave until the end of January following the side's World Cup and Constellation Cup campaigns this year.

Southby said Kopua is committed to being a part of the team in 2016.

"Last year was a big year for her in terms of rehabbing and the work she did away from everyone to get in a position where she could actually come back and play at the World Cup and then through the Constellation Cup, so reality is that she just needs a little time out."

Silver Ferns captain Casey Kopua

Silver Ferns captain Casey Kopua will sit out the upcoming Silver Ferns trials as she takes an extended break. Photo: Photosport

Meanwhile shooter Maria Tutaia returns after an extended break following the World Cup.

Tutaia didn't play in the recent Constellation Cup series against Australia, when the Silver Ferns won two of the four tests.

The 38-year-old defender Leana de Bruin isn't calling time on her international career anytime soon as she has also been included in the trials.

New Zealand trial squad:

Shooters: Cathrine Latu, Brooke Leaver, Bailey Mes, Malia Paseka, Te Paea Selby-Rickit, Maria Tutaia,

Ameliaranne Wells, Maia Wilson.

Midcourt: Gina Crampton, Kayla Cullen, Shannon Francois, Laura Langman, Erikana Pedersen, Jamie-Lee Price, Grace Rasmussen, Samantha Sinclair.

Defence: Leana de Bruin, Katrina Grant, Temalisi Fakahokotau, Anna Harrison, Phoenix Karaka, Jess Moulds, Storm Purvis, Sulu Tone-Fitzpatrick, Zoe Walker.

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