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De Bruin preparing to defend NZ position

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/08/2016

© Hannah Peters/Getty Images Silver Ferns veteran Leana De Bruin says there's plenty of young talent ready to knock her off her perch as the side's defensive linchpin.

The 39-year-old De Bruin formed one half of a sturdy Kiwi partnership with captain Casey Kopua at last year's World Championships, leading the side to the final.

But the dual Kiwi-South African international, who has earned more than 100 caps for her adopted country, told NZN the past counted for little with Kiwi selectors.

Southern Steel defenders Jane Watson and Storm Purvis, as well as Mainland Tactix enforcer Jess Moulds, are among the candidates for a Silver Ferns starting berth.

The Kiwi side will face England, South Africa and Australia in next week's Netball Quad Series before tussling with Jamaica in the Taini Jamison Trophy.

The squad will be announced on Wednesday.

"There's a lot of young ones coming through which is awesome," De Bruin said.

"There's definitely people knocking on that door, getting ready to take on that next level, so as an older one you're never comfortable."

De Bruin said she'd take her future year by year, but would be unlikely to continue until the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

She hoped her experience would come in handy down the track.

"The passion is still there, the love is still there," she said.

"It's just a matter of the body being as willing as the brain."

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