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Langman signs on with Taurua's Lightning

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 27/09/2016

The Silver Ferns will be without midcourt maestro Laura Langman next year after confirmation the 137-Test veteran will play in the Australian national netball league.

Langman, 30, will reunite with former Magic coach Noeline Taurua, who will guide the newly established Sunshine Coast Lightning franchise in the elite eight-team league.

Netball NZ confirmed in May that its eligibility ruling to play for the Silver Ferns wouldn't change following the demise of the ANZ Championship after nine seasons.

"To be eligible for the Silver Ferns you do need to play for a New Zealand team in the New Zealand competition," then chief executive Hilary Poole told NZ Newswire.

Langman was given special dispensation to suit up for the NSW Swifts in this year's trans-Tasman league, and went on to compete for the Silver Ferns against England, South Africa, Australia and Jamaica earlier this month.

She will also play for New Zealand in the four-Test Constellation Cup series early next month.

There are no major tournaments next year, with the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the 2019 World Cup in England the next scheduled major events.

Langman, who hasn't missed a Test since her debut in 2005, would be able to return and play in 2018 for a New Zealand franchise.

She joins fellow Kiwi Erena Mikaere, another former Magic player, at the Lightning in a squad which also includes English international Geva Mentor and South African Protea Karla Mostert.

Sunshine Coast Lightning: Geva Mentor, Laura Langman, Karla Mostert, Erena Mikaere, Kelsey Browne, Cara Koenen, Laura Scherian and Madeline McAuliffe.Coach: Noeline Taurua.

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