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Decision looms on injured Silver Ferns

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 17/09/2016 Cathy Walshe

Silver Ferns coach Janine Southby will find out early next week whether key players Maria Tutaia and Anna Harrison will be available for next month's Constellation Cup series against Australia.

Tutaia, who has accumulated 102 caps for the Silver Ferns since her debut in 2005, missed the Quad Series against England, South Africa and Australia earlier this month.

She also missed the three-Test Jamaican series, which ended in Rotorua on Saturday with a 66-38 win to the Silver Ferns.

Coaching and medical staff opted to rest the 29-year-old goal attack after a recurrence of the foot injury which hampered her during the trans-Tasman league season.

Harrison, 33, injured her calf just days before the first Quad Series Test against England as she looked to add to the 75 caps she has earned since 2002.

"We're just waiting on updates, we'll get the early next week and then the national selection panel will get together to make some decisions," Southby said.

"I think mid next week we'll be naming our Constellation Cup team."

New Zealand has held the Constellation Cup only once - four years ago - since its inception in 2010.

The first Test in this year's four-match series is on October 9 in Sydney, with the second in Launceston, Tasmania, three days later.

The final two Tests are in Auckland on October 15 and Invercargill on October 20.

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