'It's going to be challenging' - Noeline Taurua outlines plan to get Silver Ferns back to the top

Noeline Taurua refused to use the word rebuilding, but admitted she has a huge job on her hands to see the Silver Ferns return to the summit of world netball, appointed as New Zealand national coach today.

Following the Silver Ferns' disastrous Commonwealth Games campaign, in which they failed to win a medal for the first time in history, New Zealand currently sit third in netball's world rankings.

Taking the reigns of the side having won her second consecutive Australian Super Netball title with the Sunshine Coast Lightning, Taurua spoke about the size of the job on her hands.

"I would not like to say the word rebuild - I think there's a lot of history in regards to wearing the silver fern," she began.

"I would like to think that it's another step that needs to be taken at this moment in time.

"I would like to think that it's going to be challenging, the time frame obviously with me coming in now and what needs to happen in the next couple of weeks before we take on Quad is very limited. But also knowing that the long term is heading into the Worlds."

Taurua also said that she believes despite the lows of the last 10 months, the Silver Ferns are still among the best sides in the world.

"The brand of the silver fern is huge.

"It's the reason why I play netball, and have played netball, and pretty much committed to being here.

"There's so much positives, we just gotta be smart in how we work, and get going basically.

"I'm looking forward just to getting on the boat, and moving forward."

Taurua's first assignment in charge of the Ferns will be next month's Quad Series against England, South Africa and Australia.

Taurua was confirmed as the Ferns' new coach this afternoon. Source: 1 NEWS

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