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De Bruin retires from internationals

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 16/08/2016

Leana de Bruin of the Silver Ferns takes a pass during the International Test Match against the South Africa Proteas on July 28, 2015 in Auckland © Phil Walter/Getty Images Leana de Bruin of the Silver Ferns takes a pass during the International Test Match against the South Africa Proteas on July 28, 2015 in Auckland Silver Ferns defender Leana de Bruin┬áhas announced her retirement from international netball.

The 39-year-old, who formed one half of a sturdy Kiwi partnership with captain Casey Kopua at last year's world championships, had hoped to make it to the next Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018, but said her body had other ideas.

"I have had a fantastic season with the Magic and an incredible career with the Silver Ferns.

"I came into trials ready to give it my best, but my body was telling me it was time," de Bruin said.

"When I first pulled on the black dress in 2003 against England I never would have thought I'd go on to play 100 Test matches for the Silver Ferns. The support that I have received along this journey is something that I will forever be grateful for.

"This is the end of one very long and memorable chapter, but for now I'm looking forward to further ways I can give back to netball and of course being a rugby mum and spending more time with my son Caleb. We're both excited about the adventures we have in front of us."

De Bruin played 138 Tests -104 for New Zealand and 34 for South Africa - during a near 20-year career that saw her claim a world championship and a Commonwealth Games gold medal.

She played at three Commonwealth Games (2006, 2010 and 2014) and a record five Netball World Cups (1999 - South Africa, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015).

Silver Ferns coach Janine Southby, who will announce her squad for the Quad Series later on Wednesday, said de Bruin had been an incredible servant to the game and an outstanding contributor to the Silver Ferns.

"De Bruin has had a remarkable netball career and has been a cornerstone of the Silver Ferns defensive end for over a decade," Southby said.

"Her passion for the game and the black dress is an example to all, as is her work ethic, leadership and determination to bethe best."

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