Laura Langman confirmed as Silver Ferns’ Netball World Cup captain

Silver Ferns veteran Casey Kopua is set to play her first test since 2015 on Monday.


Silver Ferns veteran Casey Kopua is set to play her first test since 2015 on Monday.

Silver Ferns midcourter Laura Langman has been re-elected as the team’s captain through the end of the Netball World Cup in England in July.

Former captain Casey Kopua has been made vice captain for the upcoming Quad Series only at this stage.

The pair were chosen for the roles after a vote by the wider Silver Ferns squad and management, a process coach Noeline Taurua introduced after taking charge last August.

Langman was handed the captaincy for the first time after a vote ahead of the previous Quad Series that month, and continued in the role for the Constellation Cup against the Australian Diamonds that followed.

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Her predecessor as captain, Katrina Rore [nee Grant], was elected vice captain at the time.

Both appointments were only for those two competitions, and when Rore wasn’t selected for this month’s Quad Series, a new vice captain was needed.

Kopua’s short-term appointment opens the door for Rore to return to a leadership role for the World Cup.

Laura Langman has been confirmed as the Silver Ferns' Netball World Cup captain


Laura Langman has been confirmed as the Silver Ferns’ Netball World Cup captain

“This process also identified other leaders within our mix that we need to take advantage of,” Taurua said in a statement.

“Laura was a player that other team members certainly looked up to last year in terms of her passion and work ethic. She took the captaincy role in her stride and led from the front with her expectations and standards set on court.”

Monday’s Quad Series opener against the England Roses [7am NZ time] will be Kopua’s first Silver Ferns test since 2015. She retired in early 2017, but decided to come back to the fold last year.

Taurua said the defender would bring many qualities to the vice-captaincy role.

“She is excited to be back. Both Casey and Laura bring different attributes to the team, they complement each other and they both know what is required on the international stage, they are proven leaders and know how to get the best out of any team and most importantly themselves.”

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