New Zealand Netball launched the second installment of their domestic competition today, but it's the hangover from their worst Commonwealth Games that they're still suffering from.
The issue of who will be the next coach of the Silver Ferns was a topic that overshadowed the launch of the ANZ Premiership, with previously unwanted coach, Queensland-based Noeline Taurua not ruling out taking on the head coaching job.
However, NZ Netball CEO Jennie Wyllie says she hasn't spoken to Taurua.
"I haven't had any conversations with Noeline, but she has been a massive advocate for the Silver Ferns and she is speaking from the heart when she talks," Wyllie said.
While the ANZ Premiership is designed to shoot ahead Kiwi talent, it seems overseas players are reaping all the rewards, with English player Ama Agbeze one of the imports taking advantage.
"I personally am glad that England let us play abroad, but every organisation is different so it's for the organisations to decide," Agbeze told 1 NEWS.
New Zealand's import rules allow one player per team while Australia's Super League has an unlimited cap.
England’s captain Ama Agbeze was at the domestic competition launch, she was part of the England side that won Commonwealth Games gold earlier this month.
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Relive 1 NEWS NOW's live coverage of this Quad Series clash between the Silver Ferns and the England Roses from Spark Arena in Auckland.
FULLTIME - SILVER FERNS 39 ENGLAND ROSES 52
England were just too good for the Silver Ferns in the final quarter. Their defence was key to their win, earning themselves several turnovers at will. England scored 14 points in the final quarter with New Zealand only able to convert five points.
Te Paea Selby-Rickit misses her first shot of the match but gets the rebound and converts her second attempt. NZ get a turnover late in the quarter but appears Maria Folau wasn't aware of how much time was on the clock. A missed chance to close the gap - England lead 38-34.
England have been relentless on defence and secure another turnover. They have been giving the home side real trouble inside the shooting circle. But the Silver Ferns are starting to find their groove - closing the gap.
The scores are level after England make a mistake at the middle of the court to hand the ball back to the Ferns. Ameliaranne Ekenasio has converted one shot with Maria Folau landing a long range goal.
QUARTER 1 - SILVER FERNS 0 ENGLAND ROSES 0
And we are underway with the Silver Ferns with possession to start match. Maria Folau misses her first shot at goal and England get the rebound and move the ball quickly down the court.
A new dawn rises on the Silver Ferns and New Zealand netball with Noeline Taurua taking charge of the side following a disastrous final 10 months under Janine Southby.
Taurua's first test comes in the shape of Commonwealth Games gold medallists England.
New Zealand will be bolstered by the return of legends Casey Kopua, and Laura Langman - who will assume the captaincy as she makes her international comeback.
It's not all positives for the Silver Ferns with star defender Temalisi Fakahokotau ruled out for the rest of the year with a ruptured ACL.
New Zealand: Karin Burger, Gina Crampton, Aliyah Dunn, Ameliaranne Ekenasio, Maria Folau, Katrina Grant, Laura Langman (c), Te Paea Selby-Rickit, Sam Sinclair, Michaela Sokolich-Beatson, Elisapeta Toeava, Jane Watson.
England: Ama Agbeze (c), Jade Clarke, Kadeen Corbin, Sasha Corbin, Jodie Gibson, Layla Guscoth, Serena Guthrie, Jo Harten, Natalie Haythornthwaite, Helen Housby, Geva Mentor, Chelsea Pitman.