'Things happen for a reason' - dumped Silver Fern Katrina Rore opens up about shock axing

Former Silver Ferns captain Katrina Rore (nee Grant) says she's determined to regain her spot for next year's World Championships after being dumped from Noeline Taurua's squad for next month's England tour. 

Despite being a veteran of over 100 Tests for the Silver Ferns, Rore was a standout omission from Taurua's squad for next month's Quad Series against England, South Africa and Australia, with the defensive quartet of Karin Burger, Casey Kopua, Erena Mikaere and Jane Watson picked instead.

Taking to Instagram last night though, Rore opened up about her shock dumping, although did wish good luck to her former teammates.

"Thanks to everyone for their amazing support. It's been humbling and overwhelming," Rore wrote in a post on Instagram.

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    Katrina Rore (Grant) was left out of Taurua's squad which will compete next month in England, after a horror 2018. Source: 1 NEWS

    "No doubt the last few days have been tough but things happen for a reason. I need to go away over summer and work on my netball consistency.

    "I want to wish my Silver Fern sisters the best of luck in Jan. When they succeed we all succeed."

    Rore also said that she's not going to give up her spot without a fight, targeting a return to the Silver Ferns before next year's Netball World Cup.

    "I've never been the most naturally talented athlete. But I make up for that with hard work. I'm the fittest I've ever been so I'll use that to keep grinding and working to be a better netballer. World Cup in July is still my goal."

    Rore led the Silver Ferns at their disastrous Commonwealth Games campaign in April, where they failed to win a medal for the first time. 

    Silver Ferns captain Katrina Grant
    Former Silver Ferns captain Katrina Rore (nee Grant) Source: Getty

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