Taurua keeping Silver Ferns job

Dame Noeline Taurua has been reappointed as the Silver Ferns head coach for a second time.

Netball New Zealand announced yesterday Taurua was given a two-year contract ahead of the next international cycle.

Taurua answered the call to take over the Silver Ferns in 2018 and led them to victory at the Netball World Cup in 2019.

But things have not gone so well since then.

The Silver Ferns are ranked second in the world, but had their worst World Cup finish last year — fourth.

Netball New Zealand advertised the role in February when Taurua’s contract came to an end.

She said she was excited to continue in the role.

"I was excited to go through the interview process.

"The process itself challenged me to formulate a plan that was new, refreshing, and different from previous years."

At the same time she had "utter belief in the athletes and leaders within our programme, and a knowingness that a solid foundation has been set".

"I have competed for the job. I have reset the dial. I am rejuvenated and can’t wait to build upon the current foundation towards an era of Silver Ferns excellence."

NNZ chief executive Jennie Wyllie and an independent panel were a part of the interview process which included input from board members and player representatives.

Wyllie said they were impressed by the quality of candidates and said Taurua was the right person for the job.

"Her coaching record stands out — she has a genuine passion for our players along with the ability and desire to both evolve as a coach, and add something significant to the Silver Ferns legacy," Wyllie said. — Additional reporting RNZ