Kiwi star quits Aust tourney

AUCKLAND – New Zealand great Laura Langman is leaving inaugural Super Netball champions Sunshine Coast Lightning and has hinted she might seek an international return with the Silver Ferns for the 2019 World Cup.

The dynamic midcourter, a veteran of 141 consecutive Tests, was made ineligible for the New Zealand team while playing last season in the Australian competition.

First, she plans to take a break from the game.

“I have come to the decision that I am going to step away from netball in 2018,” the 31-year-old Langman said in a statement.

Langman represented New Zealand from 2005-16, including three World Cups (2007, 2011, 2015), and would not rule out a fourth World Cup tournament in 2019 in England. “Netball New Zealand is happy with the strategy and the team it has, so conversations need to take place for me to get back into the Silver Ferns,” Langman said.

“Sometimes as a player, these decisions are not in your control.”

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