Rore's comeback put on hold

Katrina Rore.
Katrina Rore.
Katrina Rore will have to wait a little longer to return to international netball.

The Silver Ferns defender will miss this week's international series with a calf strain.

Michaela Sokolich-Beatson comes into the side for the series, which begins tonight and continues every day through to Saturday.

It has been described as a precautionary move and it is hoped she will be back for the World Cup, beginning in Liverpool on July 12.

''We want to give Katrina every opportunity to be fit for the Netball World Cup, and the medical staff have advised resting her for this series,'' coach Noeline Taurua said.

''It is a blow for Katrina, who has been in outstanding form this season and worked hard to earn her place in the Silver Ferns.

''But she is working closely with our medical team and will remain with the Silver Ferns during this week's series.''

Rore had captained the side at last year's Commonwealth Games.

After losing that role late last year, she was dropped from the squad for January's Northern Quad Series.

A top season with the ANZ Premiership champion Central Pulse had helped win back her place.

Sokolich-Beatson made her international debut last year and has already been with the Silver Ferns as a non-travelling reserve for the World Cup.

''Michaela is an obvious choice to make the step up after being with the Silver Ferns in our training camp on the Sunshine Coast,'' Taurua said.

''She has slotted in well with the team as part of our build-up and adds a different dynamic to our defence line.''

The series will be the Silver Ferns' last before the World Cup.

They begin against the New Zealand All Stars - a best-of-the-rest New Zealand side - at 8pm tonight.

Following that, they play the New Zealand Men tomorrow and the Fiji Pearls on Friday, both at 8pm.

The final of the series will be played at 4pm on Saturday.

For the All Stars, Temalisi Fakahokotau has also been ruled out, having not received medical clearance to play.

She has been recovering from an ACL injury suffered last year.

Holly Fowler has been called in as a replacement.

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