Netball: Silver Ferns culture will thrive under Noeline Taurua - Laura Langman

The ability of Noeline Taurua to develop a culture built on trust and expectation is what makes her the perfect choice for national coach, according to Laura Langman.

The long-awaited appointment of the former Silver Fern as Janine Southby's replacement was confirmed on Thursday, with Taurua signing a short-term deal through the World Cup next year.

Having spent almost her entire professional career with Taurua as her mentor, Langman has as good an understanding as any of what the new Silver Ferns boss brings to the table.

Speaking to Sunday Sport on RadioLIVE, Langman told of her admiration for Taurua's ability to galvanise a playing group.

"What I admire about her is her visionary leadership," Langman told Andrew Gourdie and Jim Kaye. "She will have that vision of where she wants the team to go in such a tight timeframe leading into the World Cup.

"I love her open approach and it will be up to us, as a playing group, to follow her vision and formulate what that looks like.

"It's really exciting.

"The bones that she lays out in terms of team expectations and team standards are second to none. She does it in a way that players buy into and that is so important.

"Time is never an issue with Noeline and everything is very real with her."

Netball: Silver Ferns culture will thrive under Noeline Taurua - Laura Langman
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Netball: Silver Ferns culture will thrive under Noeline Taurua - Laura Langman

Taurua's appointment has been welcomed by netball pundits - both in New Zealand and Australia - after a shocking return for the side at the Commonwealth Games under Southby's leadership.

The Ferns lost to Malawi in pool play and eventually left the Gold Coast medal-less, finishing fourth.

Taurua has been a magnet for success in recent years, winning back-to-back Australian titles with the Sunshine Coast Lightning, but Langman was quick to soften the lofty ambitions of immediate results.

The former Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic star said it was all about building towards the World Cup in less than 12 months.

"I think 'Noels' will be very realistic about where we need to get to and the goals we need to establish, and I think its important to manage expectations, given we haven't even come together as a group yet.

"The World Cup is the big picture, but she will only be looking at the Quad Series and what we want to achieve out of it. She always puts everything into perspective.

"Once we get together, we can put stakes in the ground of where we are at and where we are going to go. At the end of the day, the entire group just wants to get out there and play, have fun and I think that's the most important part of the process."

Langman, 33, is returning to the national fold after a two-year absence. The former Ferns captain was ineligible to play for her country in 2017, after playing for Taurua's Lightning in the Australian domestic league.

Despite returning home earlier this year, Langman decided to take a complete break from netball, before being selected in what has become Taurua's first New Zealand squad.

Langman told RadioLIVE that she wasn't contemplating the thought of regaining the captaincy - her main focus is to make sure she can still play at an elite level.

"I'm just grateful for the opportunity, and to get out there and find out where I am at," Langman said.

"Let's just take one day at a time."

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