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Southby awaits Langman decision

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/06/2017 Cathy Walshe

<span style="font-size:13px;">Laura Langman playing for the New Zealand Silver Ferns (file.)</span> © Martin Hunter/Getty Images Laura Langman playing for the New Zealand Silver Ferns (file.) Just a month out from selecting her Silver Ferns squad, coach Janine Southby still doesn't know if star midcourter Laura Langman is available.

The 31-year-old centre signed to play netball in Australia's eight-team Super Netball league this year, linking up with former Magic coach Noeline Taurua at Sunshine Coast Lightning to win the inaugural competition.

Under Netball NZ rules, players must compete for a New Zealand team in the national netball premiership to be eligible for the Silver Ferns.

Southby will be naming her triallists later this week, and her squad in early August, and is unsure whether or not Langman will included.

"We've been in talks with her - she's got a decision to make, and we hope she makes that choice here," Southby told NZ Newswire.

"When she comes back and signs in New Zealand, then she's eligible for the Ferns."

Langman made her debut in 2005 and played 141 successive Tests before missing the Quad Series against England, Australia and Jamaica earlier this year.

The Silver Ferns have no major tournaments this year, although the Quad Series returns, and will be followed by a three-Test series against England for the Taini Jamison Trophy.

The Silver Ferns will also play Australia in four Constellation Cup Tests in October.

However, the next two years are busy with the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the 2019 World Cup in England.

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