While one former Silver Ferns captain has missed out, another has been recalled, with defender Casey Kopua set to pull on the black dress for the first time in three years.
The emotion was raw, when she spoke about her return for next month's Quad Series in England.
"It's pretty cool and speaking to my family, I guess they see the other side too," said Kopua, 33, through tears of joy. "All the hard work and the choices you make."
But as one door opens, another closes on Katrina Rore (formerly Grant), who led the national side through a harrowing Commonwealth Games campaign that saw them miss out on a medal for the first time.
Rore, 31, was called on to face the cameras afterwards and burst into tears of her own, when players' pride in the 'black dress' was questioned.
New Ferns coach Noelene Taurua said her side needed to experience shock and that's exactly what she delivered with her axing of the newly married Rore and five others from the Constellation Cup series against Australia.
“We're not going to be bogged down by the history of who you are or who you're not,” Taurua said.
Rore has been a regular in the Ferns, playing 125 tests since 2008, but Taurua said reputation counted for nothing moving forward.
“It was actually quite a tough call in that defensive end, to her credit she took it amazingly," she said
“I think she's going to come back and that's going to make decisions harder for us when we get to that stage, and that's what we need."
Newcomers Kimiora Poi and defender Erena Mikaere enter the squad, while shooter Te Paea Selby Rickets misses out.
“It's a new start for us in some respects," Taurua said. "I need people who can perform and can consistently perform.
“Those ones we have selected have performed over this week.”
Taurua has taken a hard line in the search for netball glory
"I've never won a World Cup, and that's what I'm here for and what I'm going for," Kopua said. "I will do anything for that."
That hunger will return the Silver Ferns back to the top.