Young Silver Ferns shooters get chance to shine against England with Maria Tutaia missing from side

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Silver Ferns coach Janine Southby says the loss of shooter Maria Tutaia for the remainder of the Quad Series will give her squad the chance to build depth.

Maria Tutaia has been ruled out for the remainder of the Quad Series.
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Tutaia has withdrawn from the tournament due to a bereavement.

"I'm really disappointed for Maria (Tutaia) and thoughts with her family at this time. These things happen," said Southby.

"It's about being resilient as a group, so definitely an opportunity for our young shooters Te Paea Selby-Rickit and Maia Wilson to take the court out there tomorrow night."

The Silver Ferns will be fielding a considerably younger side compared to the England team.

"It's helping us build depth and that is what our main focus is on at the moment because we know going into the Commonwealth Games that we have to have players, who know exactly what it is to be out there."

Southby is confident her young players will step up in class tomorrow night at Trusts Arena in Auckland when they face England.

Selby-Rickit has a chance at starting tomorrow against England after Maria Tutaia withdrew from the Quad Series.
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"It's going to take more than seven players to win a gold medal and we know that all 12 players that we ultimately take to the Commonwealth Games have got to take the court.

"If we don't give them opportunities, they won't ever know."

The Silver Ferns beat South Africa in their opening Quad Series match 63-56 last Saturday night.

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