Silver Ferns defender Katrina Rore has been declared fit to compete at the Netball World Cup in Liverpool after receiving medical clearance to play.
The 125 test veteran was in doubt for the tournament after suffering a calf strain last month, but the 32-year-old has passed a medical assessment and has officially been included in the 12-strong team for the World Cup.
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Silver Ferns head coach Noeline Taurua said Rore had been put through a number of tests to make sure she could withstand the demanding schedule during the 10-day tournament.
"It's been really important to ensure she has had adequate court time since arriving in England and Katrina has pulled up well during this time. Katrina has put in the hard work to rehab well, and that has paid off," she said.
"The process has been rigorous to ascertain whether Katrina could handle the demands of eight games in 10 days. Her tenacity, work ethic and desire to wear the Silver Fern has once again shone out as she tackled her injury head-on. We need individuals like that in our team."
Fellow defender Michaela Sokolich-Beatson, who travelled with the Silver Ferns to England as injury cover, will now return home.
The Silver Ferns begin their Netball World Cup campaign in Liverpool against Malawi at 8pm on Friday (NZ time).