WELLINGTON - Veteran Silver Ferns goal shooter Irene van Dyk has retired from international netball.
Van Dyk, 41, says she made the "agonising" decision in consultation with her family and believes it's the right thing to do.
The decision comes seven weeks out from the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
"I needed to be true to myself. I have always said I would step down when I felt the timing was right," van Dyk said on Thursday.
She said the Commonwealth Games and next year's world championship were the most significant events.
"And if I can't be better than the best for the Silver Ferns, then it's my time to finish now.
"I have full confidence in coach Waimarama Taumaunu and the girls, they can win the gold medals."
Van Dyk played 72 games for South Africa after making her debut in 1994 before emigrating to New Zealand with husband Christie and daughter Bianca in 2000.
She is the most capped Silver Fern of all time, amassing 145 appearances in the black dress.
Van Dyk has competed in five netball world championships.
She has also competed at four Commonwealth Games, winning gold twice with New Zealand teams in 2006 and 2010.